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2018/09/19 18:10

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

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(LEAD) Moon to hold summit with Trump in New York next week: official

SEOUL -- South Korean President Moon Jae-in will head to the United States next week for talks with President Donald Trump following his historic summit with North Korean leader Kim Jong-un, a Seoul official said Wednesday.

Moon will head to New York on Sunday for a meeting with Trump the following day on the sidelines of the U.N. General Assembly, Moon's chief press secretary Yoon Young-chan told a press briefing.

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(LEAD) Moon to attend N. Korea's propaganda mass games

SEOUL -- South Korean President Moon Jae-in will attend a controversial mass gymnastics performance in Pyongyang late Wednesday on the second day of his trip, a presidential official said.

North Korea unveiled the propaganda performance titled the "Glorious Country" on Sept. 9 to commemorate its 70th founding anniversary.

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(7th LD) Kim agrees to additional denuclearization steps in summit with Moon

SEOUL/PYONGYANG -- North Korean leader Kim Jong-un agreed to take additional steps for denuclearization Wednesday, in an apparent gesture to restart its stalled talks with the United States.

The agreement came in a historic summit between Kim and South Korean President Moon Jae-in held at the state guesthouse Paekhwawon in Pyongyang.

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(LEAD) BTS' latest album retains presence on Billboard for 3rd week

SEOUL -- "Love Yourself: Answer," the latest album by K-pop boy band BTS, remained on the Billboard 200 album chart for the third week in a row Wednesday.

The album ranked 15th on the Billboard 200 for the week of Sept. 22, the third weekly Billboard listing since it debuted atop the chart for the week of Sept. 8, according to Billboard's weekly updates.

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(6th LD) Two Koreas reach key agreement to reduce military tensions

SEOUL/PYONGYANG -- The two Koreas agreed Wednesday to set maritime, air and ground buffer zones in front-line areas as part of efforts to reduce military tensions, prevent accidental clashes and build trust.

They also agreed to halt military drills near the military demarcation line (MDL), withdraw some border guard posts, disarm the Joint Security Area in the Demilitarized Zone (DMZ) and jointly excavate war remains in the buffer zone.

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(LEAD) Moon, Kim to take joint trip to Mount Paekdu on Thursday

SEOUL/PYONGYANG -- South Korean President Moon Jae-in and North Korean leader Kim Jong-un will take a joint excursion early Thursday to North Korea's Mount Paekdu, according to Moon's spokesman.

The two leaders will embark on the one-day trip on the last day of Moon's three-day visit to North Korea, Kim Eui-kyeom told a press briefing Wednesday in Pyongyang, televised live in South Korea.

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(3rd LD) Koreas to start work to connect railways, roads within year

SEOUL/PYONGYANG -- South and North Korea agreed Wednesday to intensify cross-border exchanges and work together for balanced economic development on the Korean Peninsula.

They also agreed to break ground for a joint project to connect railways and roads across their border this year and vowed diverse cooperative projects to deepen their friendly ties and foster a reconciliatory mood.

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Koreas poised for more history as they agree to push to co-host 2032 Olympics

SEOUL -- In the midst of an already monumental year for their sports cooperation, South Korea and North Korea on Wednesday agreed to work together for another potentially historic project -- co-hosting the 2032 Summer Olympics.

Following their summit talks in Pyongyang, South Korean President Moon Jae-in and North Korean leader Kim Jong-un announced in their joint accord that the two sides will cooperate with one another to bring the 35th Summer Games to the Korean Peninsula.

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