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2018/10/02 18:27

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

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(2nd LD) Finance minister says September job data may be disappointing

SEOUL -- South Korea's employment conditions in September may remain disappointing, the country's top economic policymaker said Tuesday, adding that he does not rule out the possibility of a contraction.

In a parliamentary interpellation session, Finance Minister Kim Dong-yeon expressed concerns that job creation remains in the doldrums and said last month's data took a hit due to ongoing corporate restructuring moves and various policy uncertainties.

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S. Korean athletes depart for Asian Para Games in Jakarta

INCHEON -- The main batch of the South Korean delegation for the 3rd Asian Para Games departed for Jakarta on Tuesday.

In a send-off ceremony organized by the Korea Paralympic Committee (KPC) at Incheon International Airport, the athletes vowed to give their best and accomplish their goals.

"Every athlete worked hard for this Asian Para Games," said South Korean athletes' captain Kwon Hyun-joo, who will compete in archery. "We'll do our best to achieve our goal of finishing third (in the medal standings)."

  

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Ministry to nullify passport of ex-military commander over martial law scandal

SEOUL -- South Korea's foreign ministry has begun the process of invalidating the passport of a former military commander involved in a recent martial law scandal who has stayed abroad for months, a government source said Tuesday.

A team of investigators secured an arrest warrant late last month against Cho Hyun-chun, who led the now-defunct Defense Security Command (DSC) when it documented a martial law scenario to control potential public unrest in 2016. Months of street candlelight vigils by many people led to the impeachment of then-President Park Geun-hye at the time.

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Japan not budging on flag dispute: S. Korean ministry

SEOUL -- The Japanese government is maintaining its plan to fly the controversial Rising Sun flag during an upcoming navy event in South Korea, Seoul's foreign ministry said Tuesday.

Japan's Self-Defense Forces will send a warship to the International Fleet Review to be held at a military port on Jeju Island next week.

At issue is its plan to hoist the flag, which South Koreans regard as a symbol of Japan's imperialistic past.

The matter has caused another diplomatic stand-off between two neighboring countries that have long been dogged by historical and territorial rows.

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Samsung set to release silver-colored Galaxy Note 9

SEOUL -- Samsung Electronics Co. plans to start sales of a silver-colored Galaxy Note 9 as early as this week, industry sources said Tuesday, apparently to promote the device amid the launch of new iPhones and other rival products.

The new color adds to the existing portfolio of blue, black, purple and copper. The silver edition will also be released in the U.S.

While Samsung has not yet announced the exact date for South Korea, it said the new edition will be released its home market.

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S. Korea quickening probe into detained Russian ship: ministry

SEOUL -- South Korea said Tuesday it will swiftly complete the investigation into a detained Russian cargo ship suspected of having ties with North Korea in consideration of not only U.S.-led sanctions but also bilateral relations with Moscow.

South Korea has banned the Sevastopol from leaving a Busan port. On Monday, Russia summoned Seoul's ambassador to Moscow, Woo Yoon-keun, in protest against the "illegal" seizure and demanded its immediate release.

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N.K. media don't mention foreign minister's contacts with U.S., Japan in New York

SEOUL -- North Korea's official newspaper on Tuesday carried a report on its foreign minister's activities on the sidelines of the United Nations General Assembly in New York last week but didn't mention his meetings with his American and Japanese counterparts.

The Rodong Sinmun, the organ of the North's ruling Workers' Party of Korea, reported that Foreign Minister Ri Yong-ho met with his counterparts from various countries and ranking U.N. officials during the trip to New York.

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