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2018/10/02 13:30

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

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(LEAD) N. Korea will not hope for an end-of-war declaration if U.S. does not want it: KCNA

SEOUL -- North Korea will not hope for an end-of-war declaration if the United States does not want it, adding that the issue should not be used as a "bargaining chip" in denuclearization talks, the country's state media said Tuesday.

"Now that the DPRK and the U.S. are aspiring after the establishment of new relations true to the spirit of the June 12 DPRK-U.S. joint statement, it is quite right to put an end to the belligerent relations between them," the Korean Central News Agency (KCNA) said in an English commentary.

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(2nd LD) S. Korea's industrial output rises 1.4 pct in August

SEJONG -- South Korea's industrial output advanced in August from a month earlier, helped by a rise in auto production, government data showed Tuesday.

Production in the mining, manufacturing, gas and electricity industries rose 1.4 percent on-month in August, following a revised 0.5 percent on-month gain in the previous month.

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Koreas to jointly mark 2007 summit anniversary for first time

SEOUL -- A group of South Korean government officials, politicians, civic and religious leaders will visit Pyongyang this week to jointly mark the 11th anniversary of the 2007 inter-Korean summit for the first time, the unification ministry said Tuesday.

The delegation of about 150 people led by Unification Minister Cho Myoung-gyon and ruling Democratic Party leader Lee Hae-chan will leave for North Korea Thursday using the western direct air route and stay for three days, according to the ministry.

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N.K. foreign minister leaves New York after U.N. meeting

NEW YORK -- North Korean Foreign Minister Ri Yong-ho left New York on Monday after attending the United Nations General Assembly and meeting with his U.S. counterpart to plan a second summit between their leaders.

Ri was seen leaving his hotel around 3:30 p.m. without responding to reporters asking about the next steps in North Korea-U.S. negotiations on dismantling the North's nuclear weapons program.

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(LEAD) President appoints new education minister despite objections

SEOUL -- President Moon Jae-in appointed a new education minister Tuesday despite objections from the main opposition party.

"The president just approved the appointment of Yoo Eun-hae as education minister," Kim Eui-kyeom, spokesman for the presidential office Cheong Wa Dae, told a daily briefing.

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Prime minister orders officials to sternly tackle fake news

SEOUL -- Prime Minister Lee Nak-yon ordered government officials Tuesday to sternly tackle the spread of fake news that he said is disturbing democracy in the name of free speech.

At a Cabinet meeting, Lee raised the need to hold accountable those who produce fake news and spread it intentionally.

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S. Korea to offer additional aid for quake-hit Indonesia

SEOUL -- South Korea will hold a government-civilian meeting on Tuesday to discuss details of how to help Indonesia, which was recently hit by an earthquake and tsunami, an official here said.

The Ministry of Foreign Affairs earlier announced plans to provide Indonesia with US$1 million in emergency cash aid, as the local island of Sulawesi was devastated by a 7.5-magnitude quake and ensuing tsunami last week.

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Asian filmmakers, stars to shine Busan festival

SEOUL -- Some of the biggest Asian movie stars and filmmakers will be in Busan this week as the region's largest film festival kicks off its latest edition in the South Korean city.

South Korean actress Lee Na-young will visit for the premiere of "Beautiful Days" on the opening night of the 23rd Busan International Film Festival (BIFF) on Thursday. She will also attend the opening ceremony and an open-air interview program for movie fans on Haeundae beach the next day. It will be her first public appearance since the movie "Howling" (2012).

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Revised KORUS FTA will have limited impact on S. Korean auto industry: gov't

SEOUL -- A revised trade agreement calling for a 20-year extension of tariffs on Korean pickup trucks that can be sold in the United States will have a limited impact on the local auto industry, Seoul's trade ministry said Tuesday.

Last week, Seoul and Washington signed their amended free trade agreement (FTA), which includes delays in the elimination of 25 percent duties on Korean-made trucks until 2041. The duties were set to be phased out from 2019 to 2021.

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