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Yonhap News Summary

All News 17:05 January 29, 2016

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

China presses S. Korea over THAAD

BEIJING -- China urged South Korea Friday to rethink the sensitive issue of bringing in an advanced U.S. missile defense system.

"The Chinese government hopes the related nation (South Korea) will handle the matter prudently," Hua Chunying, spokeswoman for the Chinese foreign ministry, told Yonhap News Agency.

(LEAD) U.S. citizen gets 20-year jail term for murdering S. Korean student

SEOUL -- A U.S. citizen accused of murdering a South Korean college student in 1997 received a 20-year jail term Friday.

The Seoul Central District Court found Arthur Patterson guilty of stabbing Cho Joong-pil, who was then a college student, multiple times at a Burger King in the popular foreigner district of Itaewon in central Seoul 19 years ago.

(LEAD) S. Korea fails to pick 4th mobile carrier

SEOUL -- South Korea's ICT ministry said Friday it did not select a winner for a license to operate the country's fourth mobile carrier, citing lack of qualifications.

In November, three candidates passed an initial government assessment in line with the ministry's plan to inject more competition into the market, which is currently dominated by three players -- SK Telecom Co., KT Corp. and LG Uplus Corp.

Girls' Generation member 'Tiffany' denies romance rumor

SEOUL -- "Tiffany" of South Korean girl group "Girls' Generation" denied Friday romance rumor with rapper "GRAY," her agency said.

S.M. Entertainment said the two are merely close colleagues, not a pair of lovers, during a telephone conversation with Yonhap News Agency

Host S. Korea to have one skier at Olympic test event

SEOUL -- Host South Korea will have one of its own after all at an upcoming Olympic skiing test event.

The Korea Ski Association said Friday that Kim Hyeon-tae will be the lone South Korean at the Feb. 6-7 International Ski Federation (FIS) Alpine Skiing World Cup at Jeongseon Alpine Centre in Jeongseon, Gangwon Province.

(LEAD) Ex-PM gets suspended jail term for bribery

SEOUL -- South Korea's former Prime Minister Lee Wan-koo received an 8-month jail term Friday for receiving bribes from a deceased businessman.

Still, the Seoul Central District Court suspended the sentence for two years and ordered him to forfeit 30 million won (US$27,000).

Daewoo E&C targets 12.2 tln won in orders this year

SEOUL -- Daewoo Engineering & Construction Co., a major construction firm in South Korea, will push to secure 12.2 trillion won (US$10.17 billion) worth of orders this year, company officials said Friday.

The target, which was unveiled at a workshop held on Thursday along with other business objectives, was lower than the previous year's 13.07 trillion won, according to them.

FM Yun, Kerry agree on closer coordination over N.K. sanctions

SEOUL -- South Korea and the U.S. agreed Friday to cooperate more closely on the adoption of a strong U.N. sanctions resolution against North Korea following its fourth nuclear test, the Foreign Ministry said.

Foreign Minister Yun Byung-se and U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry held phone talks earlier in the day to discuss Kerry's trip to Beijing earlier in the week.

Psy to appear on 3 Chinese New Year programs

SEOUL -- South Korean rapper Psy will appear on three Chinese New Year programs in China, his agency said Friday.

Psy has completed recording for the New Year's programs on Dragon TV, JSTV and LRTV, which together command 2.9 billion watchers, YG Entertainment said, adding he is the first foreign artist to appear on all three channels for China's largest festival.

(2nd LD) Senate committee passes N. Korea sanctions legislation

WASHINGTON/SEOUL -- The U.S. Senate Foreign Relations Committee unanimously passed a strong sanctions bill on North Korea on Thursday, demonstrating bipartisan support for a tough response to the communist nation's fourth nuclear test.

The legislation, which combined two similar bills proposed respectively by Sens. Cory Gardner (R-CO) and Robert Menendez (D-NJ), calls for mandatory blacklisting of those assisting Pyongyang over its nuclear and missile programs, human rights abuses, cyberattacks and other crimes.

'Indonesia university will not open Kim Jong-un class': embassy official

BANGKOK -- The South Korean Embassy in Jakarta said Friday that the University of Indonesia (UI) has no intention to accept North Korea's reported request for a class named after North Korean leader Kim Jong-un to be opened.

An embassy official said the Indonesian university has never considered accepting Pyongyang's suggestion, although Pyongyang did ask for the class to be opened.

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