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2018/08/06 13:30

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

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Seoul tells N. Korea to speed up denuclearization, U.S. to faithfully keep promises

SEOUL -- South Korea called on North Korea on Monday to further accelerate its denuclearization process while asking the United States to faithfully implement its promises of rewarding the communist nation.

"We are asking North Korea to speed up its denuclearization process. And to the U.S., we are asking that it show sincere efforts about corresponding measures that North Korea is demanding," Cheong Wa Dae spokesman Kim Eui-kyeom told reporters when asked what his government thought about a possible impasse in denuclearization talks between Washington and Pyongyang.

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President Moon's approval rating slightly recovers

SEOUL -- President Moon Jae-in's approval rating rose last week, a poll showed Monday, ending six consecutive weeks of decline.

In a survey conducted by Realmeter, Moon's approval rating came to 63.2 percent, up 2.1 percentage points from a week earlier. The weekly survey was conducted Monday through Friday, involving 2,505 adults throughout the nation.

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(LEAD) Gov. Kim appears for special counsel's questioning in opinion rigging probe

SEOUL -- South Gyeongsang Province Gov. Kim Kyoung-soo appeared for questioning by special prosecutors Monday over his alleged involvement in massive online opinion rigging led by a power blogger.

He arrived at the special counsel's office in Gangnam, southern Seoul, at around 9:30 a.m. amid tight security set up to fend off any clashes.

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(LEAD) ARF ministers call on N.K. to fulfill commitment to complete denuclearization

SEOUL -- The foreign ministers from the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) and 17 other countries urged North Korea to fulfill its commitment to complete denuclearization during their Singapore talks last week, their chair statement showed Monday.

Singapore, this year's chair of the annual ASEAN Regional Forum (ARF), published its statement summarizing the foreign ministers' meeting, which took place Saturday. The annual ARF is the sole regional forum in which the North's top diplomat participates.

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S. Korea confirms venues for football friendlies vs. Costa Rica, Chile

SEOUL -- South Korea on Monday confirmed the venues for the upcoming friendly football matches against Costa Rica and Chile at home.

The Korea Football Association (KFA) said the men's national football team will take on Costa Rica at Goyang Stadium in Goyang, north of Seoul, on Sept. 7 and play against Chile in Busan, 450 kilometers southeast of the capital, on Sept. 11. Both matches will kick off at 8 p.m.

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Finance minister calls for corporate support in job creation, innovative growth

PYEONGTAEK -- South Korea's top economic policymaker on Monday urged Samsung Group, the country's leading conglomerate, to do more to create jobs and spearhead innovative growth in the latest appeal to the business community to join the government's job-first policy.

In a meeting with Lee Jae-yong, the de facto chief of Samsung Group, and other top executives in Pyeongtaek, south of Seoul, Finance Minister Kim Dong-yeon stressed the importance of cooperation between the private sector and the government to usher in innovative growth for the company and job creation.

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(LEAD) Preparatory team for new intel command launched

SEOUL -- The defense ministry launched a team Monday to prepare for the creation of a new command to supplant the scandal-ridden defense intelligence unit, long dogged by allegations of political interference.

The launch is in line with President Moon Jae-in's order last Friday to dissolve and reorganize the Defense Security Command (DSC) following revelations that it explored the possibility of imposing martial law to quash anti-government protests last year.

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