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All News 13:30 April 10, 2017

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

Tillerson: U.S. can consider dialogue after N. Korea stops weapons testing

WASHINGTON -- The United States can start thinking about reopening talks with North Korea, but the communist nation must first stop nuclear and missile tests, Secretary of State Rex Tillerson said Sunday.

The remark contrasts with Tillerson's previous assertion that two decades of diplomatic efforts to disarm the North have failed, and there is no point in pursuing the diplomatic path any longer, and the U.S. should consider all options, including the use of military force.

McMaster: Trump orders 'full range of options' on N. Korea

WASHINGTON -- U.S. National Security Advisor H.R. McMaster said Sunday that President Donald Trump has ordered him to prepare "a full range of options" to the nuclear and missile threats North Korea poses to the U.S. and its allies.

McMaster also said on "Fox News Sunday" that it was a "prudent" decision to send the San Diego-based USS Carl Vinson strike group toward the Korean Peninsula, a move designed to warn Pyongyang against additional provocations.

With aircraft carrier, U.S. sending message to N. Korea: S. Korea

SEOUL -- The South Korean military confirmed Monday the United States is sending a nuclear-powered aircraft carrier to waters near the Korean Peninsula again due to concerns about North Korea's provocations.

The Pacific Command, based in Hawaii, announced earlier that the Carl Vinson Strike Group is on its way to the western Pacific region from Singapore, a turnaround from its initial plan to make port calls in Australia.

Ahn closes gap with Moon to 5 percentage pts: poll

SEOUL -- Ahn Cheol-soo, the presidential nominee of the centrist People's Party, doubled his approval rating from a week earlier to narrow his gap with front-runner Moon Jae-in to just over 5 percentage points, a poll showed Monday.

The survey result backs recent indications that the May 9 election is sharpening into a two-way race between the two champions of liberal reform.

N.K. to hold key parliamentary meeting this week

SEOUL -- North Korea plans to hold its key parliamentary meeting this week amid attention over whether its leader Kim Jong-un will deliver a message targeting the United States, experts said Monday.

The Supreme People's Assembly (SPA) will hold the fifth session of the country's 13th assembly Tuesday, the first parliamentary meeting since Kim was elected the head of a new state body last year.

S. Korea sends back German cars following revoked certification

SEOUL -- South Korea sent back 2,500 vehicles manufactured by Audi and Volkswagen in line with the government's sales ban following the German carmakers' emissions scandal last year, industry sources said Monday.

According to the sources, the automobiles, including Tiguan and Golf models, have been held at a port in Pyeongtaek, 70 kilometers south of Seoul, since 2016, before Audi Volkswagen Korea sent them back to Germany.

(Yonhap Feature) With world title, S. Korean women's hockey takes another step forward before Olympics

GANGNEUNG -- By winning the world championship on home ice last weekend, South Korean women's hockey took a giant step forward in its build-up for its Olympic debut next year.

South Korea defeated the Netherlands 2-0 on Saturday to clinch the title at the International Ice Hockey Federation (IIHF) Women's World Championship Division II Group A at Kwandong Hockey Centre in Gangneung, Gangwon Province.

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