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Yonhap News Summary

All Headlines 13:30 December 08, 2017

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

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(LEAD) IOC chief apparently seeks to visit N.K. over PyeongChang Olympics: sources

SEOUL -- International Olympic Committee (IOC) President Thomas Bach is apparently seeking to visit North Korea to discuss its participation in the upcoming PyeongChang Winter Games, South Korean government sources said Friday.

But it remains to be seen whether the North will accept his visit at a time when tensions have heightened over its nuclear and missile tests, they added.

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S. Korea on alert for N. Korea's provocations

SEOUL -- South Korea's defense ministry said Friday North Korea will likely fire more missiles or conduct another nuclear test, as it regards the weapons program as a means of regime survival.

The assessment came as Defense Minister Song Young-moo hosted a year-end meeting of more than 150 senior commanders nationwide.

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(LEAD) Seoul to seek pre-emptive, market-centered corporate restructuring: finance minister

SEOUL -- South Korea will engage in constant, pre-emptive, market-centered corporate restructuring going forward, breaking away from government-spearheaded responses to developments that have been the norm in the past, the country's chief economic policymaker sad Friday.

"The government will reshape its corporate restructuring paradigm in a way that can prod existing companies to seek innovation and strengthen their competitiveness," Finance Minister Kim Dong-yeon said at an economy-related ministers meeting.

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S. Korean economy on recovery track thanks to exports: gov't report

SEJONG -- The South Korean economy is maintaining its current recovery pace on the back of strong overseas sales, although there are some downside risks, such as North Korea's provocations and ongoing trade issues, a government report said Friday.

"The South Korean economy is keeping its recovery pace, aided by robust exports in line with the improving global economy," the finance ministry said in its monthly economy assessment report. "For the time being, its recovery pace is expected to continue going forward," it said.

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Moon's approval rating inches down over fishing boat accident

SEOUL -- President Moon Jae-in's approval rating dropped slightly from a week earlier this week, a survey showed Friday, amid renewed concerns over public safety caused by a recent chartered fishing boat accident that left more than a dozen people killed.

In a survey conducted by Gallup Korea, 74 percent of 1,005 adults surveyed said they approved of the way the president managed state affairs, down 1 percentage point from a week earlier.

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Incheon police chief named new head of Seoul police agency

SEOUL -- The chief of the Incheon district police was named Friday to head the main police force in the capital of Seoul, as the National Police Agency (NPA) announced its regular reshuffle of ranking positions.

Chief Superintendent Gen. Lee Ju-min, current head of the Incheon Metropolitan Police Agency, has been promoted to the new commissioner to lead the Seoul Metropolitan Police Agency, according to the NPA.

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S. Korea to send vice FM to upcoming UNSC meeting to discuss N.K. issues

SEOUL -- South Korea will likely send a senior-level diplomat to a U.N. Security Council meeting to be held next week to discuss North Korea's nuclear and missile issues, government sources said Friday.

The ministry-level UNSC meeting, which is to be held in New York on Dec. 15 comes after the North test-fired what it claims to be a new intercontinental ballistic missile late last month.

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U.S. rejects doubt about participation in PyeongChang Olympics

WASHINGTON -- The United States said Thursday it is looking forward to participating in the Winter Olympics in South Korea's PyeongChang, after an envoy raised the possibility that it might skip the event.

U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley said a day earlier that it's an "open question" whether American athletes will take part in the February games, given the security concerns stemming from North Korea's nuclear and missile threats.

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(Yonhap Feature) Infertile couples face uphill battle in S. Korea

SEOUL -- Kim Eun-ah, who asked for an alias, realized at the age of 37 that having a child had become a difficult and very expensive task. Kim, with her husband of seven years, had initially postponed having kids as they wanted to be more financially stable and able to settle down.

"I never thought that having a baby would be this difficult, as I mistakenly thought I could always have one whenever I desired," Kim said. "I did not think for a moment that we would be labeled as infertile."

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