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2018/05/09 17:30

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The following is the second summary of major stories moved by Yonhap News Agency on Wednesday.

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(LEAD) Moon, Abe call for joint efforts to denuke N. Korea, improve bilateral ties

SEOUL/TOKYO -- South Korean President Moon Jae-in and Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe stressed the importance of cooperation between their countries in ridding North Korea of its nuclear weapons.

"First of all, I thank you for supporting the South-North Korea summit and evaluating the success of the South-North summit," Moon said while meeting the Japanese prime minister in a bilateral summit held in Tokyo.

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Moon, Li reaffirm joint efforts to denuclearize N. Korea

SEOUL/TOKYO -- South Korean President Moon Jae-in and Chinese Premier Li Keqiang agreed Wednesday to continue working together to peacefully resolve the North Korean nuclear issue and establish peace on the Korean Peninsula.

In a bilateral meeting held on the sidelines of a three-way summit involving Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, Moon and Li stressed the importance of their countries' joint efforts in peacefully denuclearizing the North.

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S. Korean leader calls for Northeast Asia free trade pact to enhance regional cooperation

SEOUL/TOKYO -- President Moon Jae-in called for stepped-up efforts Wednesday to conclude negotiations for regional free trade pacts involving South Korea, Japan and China, saying increased cooperation between the three countries will also help ensure peace and prosperity in the region.

"The global economy is facing difficulties, but I believe this could rather be an opportunity for our three countries. Should the three countries work together and break away from the conventional methods of success to find a more comprehensive and more innovative method of growth, they may be able to start setting the tone for a new global order," Moon said in a joint business summit of the three countries in Tokyo.

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U.S. committed to cooperating with N.K. to achieve peace on peninsula: Pompeo

SEOUL -- U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said Wednesday that Washington is committed to cooperating with North Korea to achieve peace on the Korean Peninsula, according to news reports.

He made the remarks in a meeting with Kim Yong-chol, head of the United Front Department handling inter-Korean relations. Pompeo earlier arrived in Pyongyang to discuss details of a summit between the two countries.

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(LEAD) Lawmaker may be summoned again over dubious funding linked to blogger: police

SEOUL -- Police said Wednesday they may again bring in a ruling party lawmaker linked to suspected Internet news comment rigging for questioning after fresh evidence indicated he received donations from an online community run by the power blogger accused of the crime.

Seoul Metropolitan Police Agency said it found a digital file showing transactions worth 27 million (US$25,000) made to Rep. Kim Kyoung-soo of the Democratic Party from some 200 members of an online-based association headed by the blogger known as Druking.

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(LEAD) Korean Air chief's wife banned from leaving country pending assault probe

SEOUL -- Police on Wednesday banned the wife of Korean Air Lines Co.'s chief from leaving the country pending a probe into allegations that she verbally and physically assaulted company employees.

Police are investigating the string of alleged assaults by Lee Myung-hee, the director of Ilwoo Foundation and wife of Hanjin Group Chairman Cho Yang-ho, after numerous tips were lodged by employees of the national flag carrier and the group's hotel affiliate accusing her of the crimes.

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