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2018/09/12 13:30

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

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Trump attacked Moon over trade, security: book

WASHINGTON -- U.S. President Donald Trump took out his anger on South Korean President Moon Jae-in as he pummeled the trade and security relationship between the allies, according to a book released Tuesday.

Trump and Moon spoke by phone on Jan. 19, one day before the U.S. president marked his first year in office.

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Xi's special envoy returns home after visiting N. Korea for anniversary

SEOUL -- Chinese President Xi Jinping's special envoy has returned home after visiting North Korea to attend events marking its 70th founding anniversary, the North's state media reported Wednesday.

Li Zhanshu, a member of the Standing Committee of the Political Bureau of the Communist Party of China, led a delegation to the North in time for the founding anniversary that fell on Sunday.

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Mattis: U.S. identified remains of 2 soldiers killed in Korean War

WASHINGTON -- The United States has identified the remains of two soldiers killed in the 1950-53 Korean War following their repatriation from North Korea in July, Defense Secretary Jim Mattis said Tuesday.

North Korea returned 55 boxes of remains as part of a denuclearization agreement reached between its leader Kim Jong-un and U.S. President Donald Trump at their Singapore summit in June.

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(2nd LD) S. Korea's jobless rate rises in Aug., sluggish job creation continues

SEJONG -- South Korea's unemployment rate rose slightly in August due to a fall in employment in the retail and manufacturing sectors, with poorer-than-expected job creation showing no signs of a letup, government data showed Wednesday.

The unemployment rate stood at 4 percent last month, up 0.4 percentage point from a year earlier, according to the report compiled by Statistics Korea.

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10 suspected MERS cases test negative

SEOUL -- All 10 people who had shown symptoms of the Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS) tested negative for the disease, health authorities said Wednesday.

The Korea Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (KCDC) said one person who came into close contact with a MERS patient and another nine people who came into ordinary contact, and who had been placed under quarantine have all been released as they did not have the potentially life-threatening disease.

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BTS' 'Idol' ranks 81st on Billboard Hot 100

SEOUL -- K-pop phenomenon BTS' new song "Idol" placed 81st on the Billboard Hot 100 singles chart this week, slipping 70 spots from a week earlier.

It is the second straight week that the song's digital version featuring Nicki Minaj has appeared on the main chart since the song debuted in the 11th spot last week, according to the chart for the week of Sept. 15.

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Ex-police chief questioned about cyber operations for second time

SEOUL -- Police questioned former national police chief Cho Hyun-oh for the second time in a week Wednesday about allegations that he masterminded cyber operations to post Internet comments favorable to the government of then-President Lee Myung-bak.

Cho, who served as commissioner-general from 2010-2012, is accused of mobilizing National Police Agency units to write more than 40,000 Internet comments in an effort to help form positive public views of the Lee administration.

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Koreas to open liaison office in Kaesong on Friday

SEOUL -- South and North Korea will officially launch their joint liaison office this week aimed at fostering cross-border exchange and contacts, the unification ministry here said Wednesday.

The liaison office will be launched in the North's border town of Kaesong on Friday, with around 50-60 people each from the two Koreas expected to attend the opening ceremony, according to the ministry.

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Ex-ambassador to Ethiopia sentenced to one year in jail for sexual violence

SEOUL -- The Seoul Central District Court sentenced a former South Korean ambassador to Ethiopia to one year in prison Wednesday on charges of using his position to have sex with an aid agency employee and sexually harassing two others.

Kim Moon-hwan, a career diplomat who served as ambassador to Ethiopia from 2014-2017, was immediately put in jail following the verdict. The court also ordered him to take 40 hours of a sexual violence treatment course and banned him from taking jobs at agencies dealing with children and youths for three years.

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Cheong Wa Dae says rise in unemployment rate inevitable

SEOUL -- The presidential office Cheong Wa Dae reaffirmed its resolve to continue its economic reform Wednesday, calling a recent increase in the unemployment rate inevitable pain.

"We are going through a truly difficult and arduous period. We believe it is the pain that accompanies a change in the constitution of the economy," Cheong Wa Dae spokesman Kim Eui-kyeom told reporters when asked about a rise in the jobless rate in August.

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