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Yonhap News Summary

All News 13:30 January 25, 2016

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

S. Korea, U.S., Japan pushing for talks among JCS chiefs

SEOUL -- South Korea, the United States and Japan plan to hold talks among their military chiefs in February, an official here said Monday, in the aftermath of North Korea's fourth nuclear test earlier in the month.

The three countries are pushing to hold a video conference next month among Gen. Lee Sun-jin, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff (JCS), and his American and Japanese counterparts -- Gen. Joseph Dunford and Adm. Katsutoshi Kawano -- a JCS spokesman said during a regular briefing.

Kerry to press China to use more leverage on N. Korea: senior U.S. official

WASHINGTON -- Pressing China to use more of its leverage over North Korea as its "lifeline" and "patron" will be a key topic for U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry's upcoming visit to Beijing, a senior State Department official said Sunday.

The official made the remark during a conference call with reporters to preview Kerry's trip to Beijing set to begin Wednesday, stressing the need for presenting a united front to the North in the wake of the communist nation's fourth nuclear test.

Carter says he thinks about Korean Peninsula 'every single day'

WASHINGTON -- U.S. Defense Secretary Ash Carter said he thinks about the situation on the Korean Peninsula "every single day" as "a very large war" could break out there at any time.

"The DMZ on the Korean Peninsula is a place where we have to be ready to fight tonight. Every single day I think about our posture on the Korean Peninsula," Carter said on CNBC's "Squawk Box" over the weekend, referring to the Demilitarized Zone separating the two Koreas.

Park urges officials to brace for provocations from N. Korea

SEOUL -- President Park Geun-hye said Monday that South Korea should brace for any possible provocations from North Korea amid tensions on the Korean Peninsula.

Park said the possibility of provocations is growing, citing North Korea's recent leafleting campaign against South Korea.

S. Korea's power capacity to top 100 gigawatts this year

SEOUL -- South Korea's power generating capacity is expected to surpass the 100 gigawatt mark this year as the country moves to put more nuclear and thermal power plants online in the coming months, industry sources said Monday.

The total is expected to hit 108.7 gigawatts this year, marking an 11.3 percent gain from the installed generating capacity of 97.6 gigawatts tallied for late 2015, according to the sources.

Korean chicken soup exports to U.S. jump in 2015

SEOUL -- Korean traditional ginseng chicken soup has made an aggressive foray into the United States since its first shipment in late 2014, boosting stagnant overseas sales from a slump in Japan, data showed Monday.

South Korea first exported "samgyetang," a famous local dish consumed to better endure summer heat, to the U.S. in August 2014 after 10 years of efforts to enter one of the world's biggest poultry export markets.

YG Entertainment invests in Korean remake of 'Scarlet Heart'

SEOUL -- YG Entertainment said Monday it will invest in the upcoming South Korean remake of the Chinese soap opera "Scarlet Heart," starring actor Lee Joon-gi and singer-songwriter IU.

The South Korean entertainment agency will join NBCUniversal and a local production company in financing and producing the show, which will air simultaneously in South Korea and China in the latter half of this year.

S. Korea to conduct survey on surviving separated families

SEOUL -- South Korea plans to survey surviving families separated by the 1950-53 Korean War for the first time in five years to better prepare for family reunions, government officials said Monday.

In March, the government will launch a three-month research project on 65,000 separated family members to ask whether they are willing to meet their relatives living in North Korea, according to the Unification Ministry.

Hyundai, Kia's best-selling models expand global presence

SEOUL -- Hyundai Motor Group, the world's fifth-largest automotive group, saw its best-selling models expand their global foothold in 2015 despite tougher competition with rivals, data showed Monday.

Hyundai Motor Co. and its sister company Kia Motors Corp. had 19 models whose sales exceeded 100,000 units last year in six nations, including South Korea, the United States, China, India, Brazil and Russia, according to the data compiled by the Korea International Trade Association (KITA).

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