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Yonhap News Summary

All News 17:06 April 29, 2016

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

(2nd LD) N.K. sentences Korean-American to 10 years hard labor for 'spying'

SEOUL -- North Korea said Friday its highest court has sentenced a detained Korean-American to 10 years of hard labor on charges of espionage and subversion, following a similar verdict for a U.S. college student in March.

Kim Dong-chul was convicted of trying to steal classified military information from the North, according to the North's Korean Central News Agency (KCNA).

(LEAD) Seoul to issue four more duty-free licenses

SEJONG -- The South Korean government said Friday that it will issue four additional licenses to operate duty-free shops in Seoul in a bid to meet rising demand from Chinese tourists for non-taxable goods.

The Korea Customs Service (KCS) said it will pick four local retailers to let them open new duty-free shops in Seoul, adding to the current nine.

N. Korea urges U.S. forces to stop provocative acts in Panmunjom

SEOUL -- North Korea on Friday called on the U.S. forces to stop provocative acts at the truce village of Panmunjom, located between the two Koreas, the country's state-run Korean Central News Agency (KCNA) reported.

According to the KCNA report, a spokesman for the Panmunjom mission of the Korean People's Army (KPA) claimed the U.S. forces have conducted "provocative acts that rattled the nerves of the KPA side in Panmunjom."

(2nd LD) Russia, China urge N. Korea to cease provocations

BEIJING -- The foreign ministers of Russia and China on Friday called for North Korea to abstain from any new provocations, amid signs that the North may carry out a fresh nuclear test.

Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov told a press conference after holding talks with his Chinese counterpart, Wang Yi, that they agreed that North Korea should refrain from taking "new and irresponsible measures."

S. Korea to boost tourism near fortified border

HWACHEON -- South Korea will boost tourism in the heavily fortified demilitarized zone (DMZ) separating the two Koreas to promote eco-tourism and help foreign travelers gain a better understanding of the nation's history and division, the state tourism agency said Friday.

The southern part of the DMZ, a 259 kilometer strip of rugged no-man's land stretching from coast to coast, has attracted a growing number of foreign tourists who want to experience the pristine landscape and witness the reality of the divided Korean Peninsula. The 1950-53 Korean War ended in a cease-fire without signing a peace treaty, leaving the two Koreas technically at war.

(LEAD) 'Y-Farm Expo 2016' opens to spearhead retire-to-farm movement

SEOUL -- Yonhap News Agency, South Korea's key news service, on Friday kicked off an exposition designed to help urban dwellers retire to farms, providing visitors with various information on starting a new environment-friendly life.

The event, titled "Y-Farm Expo 2016," will continue through Sunday at the aT Center in Yangjae-dong, southern Seoul. Seventy-five provincial and local governments are participating in the admission-free exposition, which is running under the theme of "Return to farms for the future, Return to the countryside for happiness."


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