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Yonhap News Summary

All Headlines 17:58 September 17, 2007

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

Resumption of N. Korea nuclear talks likely delayed: official

SEOUL -- The six-nation talks on ending North Korea's nuclear talks will likely be postponed due to apparent opposition from the communist nation, South Korean officials said Monday.

The talks, involving the two Koreas, the U.S., Japan, China and Russia, were earlier expected to be resumed Wednesday, but an official at the Foreign Ministry said the talks will likely be postponed until later this week or next week.

(LEAD) S. Korean FM dismisses reports on alleged N. Korea-Syria nuclear ties

SEOUL -- South Korean Foreign Minister Song Min-soon on Monday dismissed recent reports of alleged nuclear cooperation between North Korea and Syria, saying no one has any concrete evidence to prove the allegation.

Song also pointed to conflicting reports on the level of cooperation between the countries.

Prosecutors to seek arrest warrant for disgraced former professor

SEOUL -- South Korean prosecutors plan to request an arrest warrant for a disgraced former professor accused of forging her academic degrees on Tuesday at the earliest, prosecution officials said Monday.

Shin Jeong-ah is suspected of forging her undergraduate and master's degrees from the University of Kansas and a doctorate from Yale University to land a job as an art history professor at Dongguk University in 2005.

Low voter turnout raises questions over party's ability to reverse tide

SEOUL -- Despite the pro-government party's hope to gain public attention through its large-scale primary, the extremely low voter turnout over the weekend raised skepticism over its candidate's ability to challenge the popular opposition candidate in December's election, experts said Monday.

Only one out of every five registered voters cast a ballot in the first round of the United New Democratic Party (UNDP)'s month-long primary, a major indicator that voters are not interested in electing a pro-government candidate, they said. The 19.8 percent turnout does not bode well for the chances of the early winner, former Unification Minister Chung Dong-young, against against Lee Myung-bak, the major opposition Grand National Party nominee, they said.

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