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2018/06/07 13:00

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

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(LEAD) S. Korea will begin 2-day early voting for local elections Friday

SEOUL -- South Korea will hold two-day early voting for the June 13 local elections and parliamentary by-elections this week, the election watchdog said Thursday.

Eligible voters can cast ballots at 3,512 polling stations nationwide from 6:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. starting Friday, according to the National Election Commission (NEC).

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South denies inter-Korean liaison office related to resumption of Kaesong Industrial Complex

SEOUL -- South Korea on Thursday denied that a liaison office that the two Koreas agreed to open in the North's border town of Kaesong is related to a possible resumption of the long-suspended operation of a joint economic complex there.

The two Koreas agreed last week to open a liaison office in Kaesong "at an early date" in a bid to establish a key communication channel in preparation for increasing cross-border exchanges going forward.

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Bolton to be in Singapore for U.S.-N. Korea summit

WASHINGTON -- U.S. National Security Adviser John Bolton will be in Singapore for next week's highly anticipated summit between U.S. President Donald Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong-un, a White House official said Wednesday.

Bolton has been a target of North Korean anger since he called for applying a so-called Libya model to the dismantlement of Pyongyang's nuclear weapons program.

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N. Korea destroys missile test stand: 38 North

WASHINGTON -- Satellite imagery shows that North Korea has been destroying a missile test stand in the wake of its leader's pledge to suspend testing of nuclear weapons and ballistic missiles, a U.S. website showed Wednesday.

According to 38 North, the stand was the only known facility for land-based, canister-launched ballistic missile ejection tests, which are critical for developing medium-range solid fuel ballistic missiles.

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Kim begged for summit on hands and knees: Trump attorney

WASHINGTON -- North Korean leader Kim Jong-un got on his hands and knees to beg for the reinstatement of a meeting with U.S. President Donald Trump, the latter's attorney said Wednesday.

Rudy Giuliani made the remark at a business conference in Tel Aviv, Israel, with six days to go before the highly anticipated summit in Singapore.

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(LEAD) KBO asks police to investigate tip on match-fixing broker

SEOUL -- The Korea Baseball Organization (KBO) said Thursday it has asked the police to investigate a tip that a player-turned-broker has approached pitchers to fix matches.

In a press statement, the KBO said it received the anonymous tip in early May that the broker, a 20-something undrafted former player, was on the prowl and was looking to engage pitchers in fixing schemes.

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Online searches for words unfavorable to N.K. leader blocked in China

BEIJING, June 7 (Yonhap) -- China has completely blocked Internet searches for words and articles that could be used to insult North Korean leader Kim Jong-un, sources here said Thursday, reflecting warming bilateral relations between the two countries.

Besides the alleged online censorship, Beijing's authorities have also been prodding state-controlled Chinese media to run as many articles favorable to the North and Kim as possible, said the sources.

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'Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom' breaks all-time opening day record in S. Korea

SEOUL -- "Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom" charted the biggest opening day ever in South Korea, breaking the previous record set in April by "Avengers: Infinity War," data showed Thursday.

The Hollywood action blockbuster brought 1.18 million people to theaters on its opening day, Wednesday's Memorial Day, according to a computerized box office tally from the Korean Film Council.

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Regulator to rule on suspected accounting breach of Samsung BioLogics without prejudice

SEOUL -- The financial regulator said Thursday it will make a final ruling on a suspected accounting breach of Samsung BioLogics Co. without prejudice, based on facts and international accounting standards.

Kim Yong-beom, vice chairman of the Financial Services Commission (FSC), made the remarks as he opened a session that aims to confirm the alleged breach and measures it could take against Samsung BioLogics.

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Opposition leader says Trump should walk away if North Korea rejects CVID

SEOUL -- The chief of the main opposition Liberty Korea Party (LKP) said Thursday that the United States should pull out of next week's summit with North Korea if Pyongyang does not agree to complete, verifiable and irreversible denuclearization (CVID).

Hong Joon-pyo, the party chairman, also objected to a possible declaration of an end to the 1950-53 Korean War when U.S. President Donald Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong-un hold a summit on June 12 in Singapore.

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Seoul to reveal convenience stores caught selling cigarettes to minors

SEOUL -- The Seoul Metropolitan Government will soon release its monitoring results of convenience stores that were busted for selling cigarettes to teenagers, in an effort to make them aware of the illegal practice and induce compliance, officials said Thursday.

The city government plans to make the information public, gathered through two inspections carried out by an outside expert group last year. The inspections mainly tested stores over whether they sold cigarettes to minors and if they asked for customers' identification before selling them.

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