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All News 17:07 December 11, 2017

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

(LEAD) S. Korean senior diplomat, U.N. special rapporteur discuss N.K. human rights

SEOUL -- The United Nations special rapporteur on North Korean human rights and a senior South Korean diplomat discussed ways to tighten cooperation on addressing the reclusive country's dire human rights situation Monday.

During their meeting in Seoul, Vice Foreign Minister Cho Hyun told Special Rapporteur Tomas Ojea Quintana that South Korea will cooperate with the U.N. official, commending him for his efforts to muster international cooperation in the North Korean human rights front, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs said.

FM's trip to Japan likely to come before task force unveils review outcome on controversial deal

SEOUL -- South Korea's top diplomat is expected to visit Japan next week before a task force announces the results of its monthslong review of a controversial deal on Japan's wartime sexual slavery of Korean women, multiple sources said Monday.

Foreign Minister Kang Kyung-wha will likely visit Japan from Dec. 19-20 to hold a bilateral meeting with her Japanese counterpart Taro Kono, according to the government sources close to the matter.

Moon urges efforts to root out job irregularities at public firms

SEOUL -- President Moon Jae-in called for swift measures Monday to reduce working hours and eradicate job-related corruption at public firms.

"Revising the Labor Standards Act to cut working hours is a task we can no longer afford to delay," the president said while meeting with his top presidential aides in a weekly meeting at his office Cheong Wa Dae.

Gov't discloses list of habitual tax delinquents

SEOUL -- The South Korean government on Monday disclosed a list of some 21,000 new citizens and corporate entities with unpaid taxes exceeding 200 million won (US$183,000) for one year or longer.

The National Tax Service said that it decided to reveal those on the list after they refused to specify their reasons for failing to pay their taxes even though they have been asked to do so for more than six months.

Records showing 26 Korean 'comfort women' worked on South Pacific island confirmed

SEOUL -- More than two dozen Korean women were taken as far as a Micronesia island for sexual servitude for Japanese troops during World War II, Seoul city officials said Monday, citing U.S. military records and other data.

Twenty-six Korean women were confirmed to have worked as sexual slaves on the South Pacific island of Chuuk, also known as Truk, the city government said. It is the first time that the information has been officially confirmed, officials said.

(LEAD) LG Electronics may adopt iris scanner for next flagship: sources

SEOUL -- LG Electronics Inc. has filed a patent related to iris-scanner technology to the U.N. agency dealing with intellectual property issues, a report said, an indication that the South Korean smartphone maker may adopt an iris scanner for its next flagship smartphone.

The Netherlands-based LetsGoDigital said in a report that LG Electronics took the step with the World Intellectual Property Organization.

Inspired by Korean culture, medals for PyeongChang Winter Paralympics unveiled

SEOUL -- Medals to be awarded at the 2018 PyeongChang Winter Parlympics were unveiled Monday, with a nod to the Korean culture and traditions.

The competition's organizing committee said the Paralympics medals are based on the same design principles of the medals for the Winter Olympics, in that both have been inspired by the Korean culture and its alphabet, hangeul. Lee Suk-woo, a South Korean industrial designer who designed the Olympic medals, also produced the Paralympic medals.

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