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2018/05/31 13:57

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The following is the first summary of major stories moved by Yonhap News Agency on Thursday.

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White House aims for June 12 summit with N. Korea

WASHINGTON -- The United States continues to prepare for a June 12 meeting between President Donald Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong-un, the White House said Wednesday, citing "positive" feedback from working-level talks.

The on-again, off-again summit in Singapore received a boost with the arrival of a senior North Korean official in New York the same day.

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(LEAD) S. Korea's industrial output rises 3.4 pct in April

SEJONG -- South Korea's industrial output rebounded in April from a month earlier on a rise in production in the chipmaking and automaking sectors, government data showed Thursday.

Production in the mining, manufacturing, gas and electricity industries rose 3.4 percent on-month in April, following an adjusted 2.2 percent on-month decline in the previous month, according to the data by Statistics Korea.

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S. Korea's radar development project moves to next phase after preliminary designing

SEOUL -- South Korea's project to develop an advanced radar system for an indigenous fighter under development will move to the next phase after its preliminary designing, the state defense procurement agency said Thursday.

The defense authorities launched the 360-billion-won (US$333 million) program in 2016 to acquire an active electronically scanned array (AESA) radar system. The state-run Agency for Defense Development (ADD) has been leading the development initiative.

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Prosecutors investigating spy agency's alleged surveillance of Buddhist monk

SEOUL -- Prosecutors have secured evidence that the National Intelligence Service illegally spied on the head monk of a Buddhist temple in Seoul in an attempt to oust him for criticizing the government of then-President Lee Myung-bak, officials said Thursday.

Prosecutors plan to question the spy agency chief at the time, Won Sei-hoon, about suspicions that he ordered illegal surveillance on Ven. Myungjin, the then-head monk at the Bongeunsa temple in southern Seoul, after the monk publicly lashed out at the Lee administration.

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Minister says leaders' resolve for U.S.-N. Korea summit strong

SEOUL -- South Korea's unification minister said Thursday that a flurry of diplomacy to salvage a summit between the United States and North Korea has indicated their leaders' "strong resolve" for their prospective encounter and denuclearization.

Cho Myoung-gyon made the remarks in a speech that a senior ministry official read out on his behalf during an international seminar on regional peace at Tokyo's Keio University.

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BTS 'deeply touched' by President Moon's tweet celebrating Billboard feat

SEOUL -- K-pop superstars BTS thanked President Moon Jae-in on Thursday for celebrating their Billboard Hot 100 performance in his Twitter message, tweeting back, "We are deeply touched."

   "Wow! We can now fully believe after seeing it with our own eyes. President Moon Jae-in, we thank you for congratulating BTS on its No. 1 victory on Billboard," BTS' Twitter account (@BTS_twt) replied.

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GM shuts down South Korean plant as part of restructuring effort

SEOUL -- General Motors Co., the parent company of GM Korea Co., on Thursday shut down one of its plants in South Korea as it moves to restructure its operations at home and abroad.

The 260,000-unit-a-year plant in Gunsan, about 270 kilometers southeast of Seoul, was hit hard by GM's decision to withdraw its Chevrolet brand from Europe in 2013. Its utilization rate plunged to a dismal 20 percent from 2016 amid rising labor costs.

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Investigators raid Korean Air headquarters as part of tax evasion probe

SEOUL -- Prosecution investigators raided the headquarters of Korean Air on Thursday as part of an investigation into allegations of tax evasion and other charges involving the family of Chairman Cho Yang-ho.

About 30 investigators seized documents and other evidential materials from offices at the flag carrier's headquarters in western Seoul as part of an investigation into suspicions that the Cho family failed to pay taxes.

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