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2018/06/29 17:19

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

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(Yonhap Forum) Minister: Full-scale Korea peace process imminent

SEOUL -- South Korean Unification Minister Cho Myoung-gyon said Friday a full-fledged peace process will soon get under way on the peninsula, with North Korea and the United States set for high-level talks to implement their recent summit deal.

Addressing an annual symposium, hosted by Yonhap News Agency, he said the government will also make every possible preparation for various inter-Korean cooperation projects to be launched as soon as appropriate "conditions are created."

  

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(World Cup) S. Korean World Cup team returns to warm welcome after shock win vs. Germany

INCHEON -- The South Korean World Cup team returned home to a warm welcome on Friday, its two early losses long forgotten after a stunning win over Germany.

South Korea shocked the football world by blanking the world No. 1 and defending World Cup champions 2-0 on Wednesday to close out Group F play at the FIFA World Cup in Russia. Though the Taeguk Warriors still missed out on the round of 16, they were widely lauded for the valiant effort in pulling off the monumental upset against the European giants. Both South Korean goals came in second-half stoppage time.

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(Yonhap Forum) Prime minister voices hope for Yonhap to play roles in inter-Korean peace, unification

SEOUL -- Prime Minister Lee Nak-yon said Friday he hopes to see Yonhap News Agency working together with North Korea's news agency in the course of the two Koreas seeking reconciliation and ultimate reunification.

Lee made the remark in a congratulatory speech at the Korean Peninsula Peace Symposium, an annual security forum that Yonhap co-hosted with the Unification Ministry, noting the news agencies of West and East Germany played roles in the course of unification.

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(Yonhap Forum) S. Korea, U.S. target N. Korea's CVID: ruling party chief

SEOUL -- The chief of the ruling Democratic Party (DP) said Friday that Seoul and Washington are targeting the goal of denuclearizing North Korea in a complete, verifiable and irreversible manner.

Choo Mi-ae, the chairwoman of the ruling party, made the remarks amid mixed reactions toward the North's commitment to "complete denuclearization" in its summit agreements with South Korea and the United States.

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(3rd LD) U.S. Forces Korea opens new headquarters in Pyeongtaek

PYEONGTAEK -- The U.S. Forces Korea (USFK) opened its new headquarters in Pyeongtaek, south of Seoul, on Friday, in a relocation project likely to broaden its security role long defined by deterrence against North Korea.

The USFK held a ceremony to celebrate the relocation from Yongsan, central Seoul, to Camp Humphreys, a sprawling complex about 70 kilometers south of the capital, after a delay caused by residents' protests, budgetary issues and massive construction work to prevent floods.

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(Yonhap Forum) Yonhap CEO vows utmost efforts for peace on the Korean Peninsula

SEOUL -- Yonhap News Agency, South Korea's key news service, will make utmost efforts to bring peace and unification to the Korean Peninsula on the basis of its long-term and consistent news coverage and reporting on inter-Korean relations, its chief said Friday.

In an opening address of the 2018 Korean Peninsula Peace Symposium, Yonhap News CEO and President Cho Sung-boo said that his company will carry out its responsibilities by presenting visions and making thorough preparations for peace and unification of the Korean Peninsula.

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(World Cup) Son Heung-min says S. Korea 'won't be drunk with success' after beating Germany

INCHEON -- South Korea shocked the football world by defeating Germany 2-0 at the FIFA World Cup in Russia earlier this week, but Son Heung-min, South Korea's star forward, insisted on Friday he and the rest of the team won't stay content.

Son and his teammates returned home on Friday, after their stunning victory over the defending champions was enough to get them out of Group F. South Korea finished third behind Sweden and Mexico with three points, from one win and two losses.

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(World Cup) With contract nearing expiration, S. Korea coach undecided on future

INCHEON -- With his contract nearing expiration following his team's early exit from the FIFA World Cup, South Korea head coach Shin Tae-yong said Friday he hasn't decided what he wants to do in the future.

Shin and his players returned home Friday from Russia, where they posted one win and two losses in Group F play and failed to reach the round of 16.

The lone win was a 2-0 shocker over defending champions Germany in the final group match. Shin said he had mixed feelings about how the tournament unfolded; while the victory over Germany was gratifying, he was still disappointed that he couldn't lead the team to the knockout stage.

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S. Korea delays its decision on fate of Jin Air

SEOUL -- South Korea said Friday that it has decided to delay its decision on the fate of Jin Air Co. over its illegal appointment of a foreign national to its board of directors.

Under the South Korean aviation law, only South Koreans can be registered as a director of an airline.

But Jin Air, the budget affiliate of Korean Air Lines Co., named Cho Hyun-min -- a younger daughter of Korean Air Chairman Cho Yang-ho -- as its director between 2010 and 2016, though she is legally an American citizen.

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