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Yonhap News Summary

All Headlines 13:05 February 10, 2017

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

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U.S. aircraft carrier looks to join Seoul-Washington military drill

SEOUL -- The USS Carl Vinson aircraft carrier made a port call in Guam on Friday in what could be a preparation to take part in an annual joint military drill between South Korea and the United States slated for March, a military source said.

A possible mobilization of the nuclear-powered carrier for the upcoming Key Resolve exercise is aimed at deterring North Korea's growing nuclear and missile threats, it added.

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LG Elec's mobile biz chief buys company stocks ahead of new product launch

SEOUL -- The head of LG Electronics' smartphone division purchased some 117 million won (US$101,900) worth of company stocks this week, the company said in a regulatory filing Friday, a move market watchers say is meant to show his confidence in the new smartphone to be unveiled later in the month.

Cho Juno, president of the tech firm's mobile communications company, bought 2,000 company stocks at 58,700 won per share, amounting to 117.4 million won, on Thursday, according to the filing. He now owns 4,637 shares of the firm.

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Kaesong factory zone's shutdown hits N.K.'s nukes, missile development: Seoul

SEOUL -- South Korea's 2016 decision to shut down an inter-Korean industrial complex is presumed to have dealt a heavy blow to North Korea's nuclear and missile programs, a government official said Friday.

The statement comes on the first anniversary of Seoul's closure of the Kaesong Industrial Complex in North Korea's border city of the same name in response to Pyongyang's nuclear and missile tests early last year.

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N. Korea to send 7 athletes to Asian Winter Games in Japan: report

SEOUL -- North Korea will send seven athletes to an upcoming continental winter sports competition in Japan, a pro-Pyongyang newspaper based in Tokyo reported Friday.

The Choson Sinbo said two figure skaters and five short track speed skaters will represent North Korea at the Asian Winter Games in Sapporo from Feb. 19 to 26.

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Acting president directs gov't to consider mobilizing troops to contain foot-and-mouth disease

SEOUL -- Acting President and Prime Minister Hwang Kyo-ahn on Friday directed his government to consider mobilizing troops to help contain the foot-and-mouth disease (FMD) that has been rapidly spreading across the country since the first outbreak earlier this week.

During a daily meeting of senior officials and experts on the disease and avian influenza, Hwang also instructed quarantine officials to weigh whether to check all pigs and cows in the country to fend off additional infections.

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Top diplomats of S. Korea and U.S. expected to meet next week: source

SEOUL -- Top diplomats of South Korea and the United States are expected to meet next week on the sidelines of an international gathering in Germany to discuss cooperation in dealing with North Korea's nuclear threats, a diplomatic source said Friday.

Preparations are under way to arrange a meeting between Foreign Minister Yun Byung-se and U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson "either on Thursday or Friday" (local time) in Bonn in time for talks of foreign ministers from the Group of 20 (G-20) countries, according to the source.

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(Yonhap Feature) Tech-savvy youngsters turn to mobile apps for everyday life

SEOUL -- Chang Ji-eun, a 27-year-old graphic designer, starts her day with a one-hour pilates class at a premium boutique studio in the upscale neighborhood of Cheongdam in southern Seoul and gets healthy homemade-style soup made with "doenjang," or soybean paste, delivered for dinner. She does both of these through applications on her iPhone.

With the use of smartphones growing rapidly, online-to-offline (O2O) startups have sprung up in South Korea in recent years, enabling consumers to use an app or web site to do everything from food delivery to car rides and workout classes.

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Twins' Park Byung-ho clears waivers, outrighted to minors

SEOUL -- The Minnesota Twins' South Korean slugger Park Byung-ho has cleared waivers and has been outrighted to their minor league affiliate.

The Twins said Thursday (local time) that no club claimed Park off the waiver wire, and he has been outrighted to Triple-A Rochester.
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