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Yonhap News Summary

All News 18:00 December 13, 2017

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

(2nd LD) Gov't to seek range of measures to curb cryptocurrency speculation, crimes

SEOUL -- South Korea's government decided Wednesday to seek a series of measures to curb cryptocurrency speculation and crimes, including barring minors from trading cybermoney and opening investment accounts, officials said.

During an emergency meeting of senior officials from related ministries, the government also decided to prohibit local financial institutions from possessing, purchasing or investing in the virtual currencies.

Parties tacitly agree not to interfere in prosecution's arrest of opposition lawmaker

SEOUL -- Rival parties tacitly agreed Wednesday not to hold a parliamentary vote on a motion for the arrest of an opposition lawmaker in a high-profile corruption probe, giving a free hand to the prosecution.

The floor leaders of the ruling Democratic Party, main opposition Liberty Korea Party (LKP) and People's Party decided to receive a report on the motion for the arrest of LKP Rep. Choi Kyung-hwan at a National Assembly plenary meeting on Dec. 22. But they did not call a vote.

NK-missile chief
N. Korean conference unveils new leadership of military programs

SEOUL, Dec. 13 (Yonhap) -- North Korea's recent conference on the defense industry offered a rare glimpse into a fresh lineup of leaders of its military development programs.

North Korea reported it wrapped up the two-day Conference of Munitions Industry on Tuesday, an event that reviewed its defense industry achievement, including the launch of the Hwasong-15 intercontinental ballistic missile on Nov. 29.

Ruling party chief calls for Russia's cooperation in enforcing N.K. sanctions

SEOUL -- The chief of South Korea's ruling Democratic Party has called for Russia's cooperation in enforcing international sanctions against North Korea, amid the escalating nuclear standoff with the provocative state, her office said Wednesday.

Choo Mi-ae made the remarks during her talks with Vyacheslav Viktorovich Volodin, the chairman of the State Duma, the lower house of Russia's parliament. Choo, the chairwoman of the South Korea-Russia Interparliamentary Council, is in Moscow on an eight-day trip.

Unification minister calls on N. Korea to come to negotiating table unconditionally

SEOUL -- Unification Minister Cho Myung-gyon called on North Korea Wednesday to come to the negotiating table "unconditionally" to discuss its nuclear program.

"North Korea should stop any further provocations and come out for talks without conditions," Cho was quoted by the ministry as having told a group of Seoul-based foreign ambassadors.

Remains of 499 soldiers enshrined in gov't ceremony

SEOUL -- The remains of 499 South Korean troops killed in action were laid in state Wednesday at a government-hosted ceremony, a demonstration of the nation's resolve to honor their sacrifice during the 1950-53 Korean War.

Prime Minister Lee Nak-yon attended the event at the Seoul National Cemetery, along with hundreds of dignitaries and bereaved families. It was supported by the Agency of Killed In Action Recovery & Identification at the Ministry of National Defense.

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