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Yonhap News Summary

All News 13:30 December 12, 2017

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

Moon due in China for summit with Xi over N. Korea, bilateral ties

SEOUL -- South Korean President Moon Jae-in is set to visit China this week for a bilateral summit with his Chinese counterpart that is widely expected to focus on ways to peacefully end North Korea's nuclear ambitions and repair the Seoul-Beijing relations that soured over the deployment of the THAAD U.S. missile defense system in South Korea.

The South Korean leader will head to Beijing on Wednesday for a four-day state visit that will also take him to China's southwestern city of Chongqing. He and Xi Jinping will hold their third bilateral summit Thursday. The two earlier met on the sidelines of the Group of 20 summit in Germany in July and the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation forum in Vietnam last month.

(LEAD) Gov't drops indemnity suit against residents over Jeju naval base

SEOUL -- The South Korean government decided Tuesday to quit a lawsuit against residents on Jeju Island and activists for having obstructed the construction of a major naval base there.

The government approved a related motion at the Cabinet meeting, effectively putting an end to a longtime conflict with the protesters and the local community.

N. Korean defense conference calls for intensifying nuclear force

SEOUL -- North Korea has kicked off a defense conference where a senior ruling party official called for further intensifying the country's nuclear force, the North's state-run news agency said Tuesday.

The 8th Conference of Munitions Industry opened in Pyongyang on Monday to review "the achievement and experience" of the munitions industry and to discuss "measures for ushering in a heyday" of the defense industry, the Korean Central News Agency (KCNA) said in its English and Korean coverage of the conference.

Ruling party lawmaker asks Merkel to mediate in N. Korean nuclear standoff

SEOUL -- A senior lawmaker of South Korea's ruling Democratic Party has expressed her wish for German Chancellor Angela Merkel to play a mediating role in the escalating nuclear stalemate with North Korea, her office said Tuesday.

Four-term lawmaker Park Young-sun met the German leader during her visit to Berlin, which was arranged on the invitation of the Hanns Seidel Foundation, a renowned Munich-based political think tank.

Hotel Shilla opens duty-free store in Hong Kong airport

SEOUL -- Hotel Shilla Co. partially began operating its duty-free chain at the Hong Kong International Airport on Tuesday, expanding its overseas foothold in the business, the company said.

The operator of Shilla Duty Free secured the business license for the fragrance, cosmetics and fashion accessories zone at the airport earlier in April.

Samsung, Amazon to start streaming premium video content

SEOUL -- Samsung Electronics Co. said Tuesday it will start the streaming of videos that utilize the latest High Dynamic Range (HDR) 10 Plus technology via its premium TVs with the U.S.-based Amazon.com.

Under the agreement, users of Samsung's high-end QLED and UHD TVs can enjoy quality content through the Amazon Prime Video streaming application starting Wednesday. The HDR 10 Plus technology is a next-generation standard for high-resolution video content promoted by Samsung.

BTS becomes top-10 artist on Billboard's year-end chart

SEOUL -- K-pop group BTS has made the list of the top 10 musicians in the United States for 2017, according to American music publication Billboard.

BTS ranked No. 10 on Billboard's Top Artists year-end chart this year, as seen on the company's website Monday (local time). Ed Sheeran and Bruno Mars led the chart, trailed by Drake, Kendrick Lamar, The Weeknd, the Chainsmokers and Justin Bieber.

U.S. to announce N.K. sanctions after legal process: White House

WASHINGTON -- The White House said Monday that new sanctions on North Korea will be announced upon completion of a "legal process."

U.S. President Donald Trump vowed last month to impose "additional major sanctions" on North Korea in response to its launch of a powerful new intercontinental ballistic missile.

U.S. 'well postured' to deal with possible N.K. SLBM: Pentagon

WASHINGTON -- The United States is "well postured" to deal with a possible submarine-launched ballistic missile from North Korea, the Pentagon said Monday.

North Korea has completed development of five prototypes for an upgraded SLBM and will likely test it soon, a Japanese newspaper reported last week.

Moon urges N.K. to stop delusional thinking, come to denuclearization talks

SEOUL -- President Moon Jae-in has said that it is "delusional thinking" for North Korea to believe that nuclear weapons will guarantee its security, urging Pyongyang to stop such misjudgment and come out to denuclearization talks.

In a recent interview with China's state-run CCTV, which was aired Monday (local time), Moon also underlined the importance of "close cooperation" between Seoul and Beijing in making Pyongyang give up its nuclear ambitions.

Hyundai Merchant to launch unit train service to Europe through China

SEOUL -- Hyundai Merchant Marine Co. said Tuesday it will soon launch a block train service to Europe via the Trans China Railway (TCR) from South Korea.

The unit train service to Europe by way of China will be the first of its kind, although South Korean firms have already launched a similar service to Europe on the Trans-Siberian Railway (TSR) and the Trans-Mongolian Railway (TMR).

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