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Yonhap News Summary

All News 17:36 January 09, 2018

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

(4th LD) N. Korea offers to send high-level delegation to PyeongChang

PANMUNJOM, Korea -- North Korea on Tuesday offered to send a large-scale delegation of ranking officials, athletes, and cheering and performing squads to next month's Winter Olympics in the South, Seoul officials said.

In their first formal talks in more than two years, South Korea proposed the two sides march together during the opening and closing ceremonies and form a joint cheering team, Vice Unification Minister Chun Hae-sung told a briefing.

Economic happiness hits highest point in 2017: HRI survey

SEOUL -- A survey measuring people's economic happiness recorded its highest score ever last year, albeit amid stronger pessimism on the prospect of the nation's economy improving this year, a private think tank said Tuesday.

Hyundai Research Institute canvassed 1,007 adults over 13 days starting Dec. 4 last year. The economic happiness index scored 45.1 points out of 100, the best since the institute began the twice-a-year survey in 2007.

Management of actors Gong Yoo and Jung Yu-mi denies dating rumor

SEOUL -- The management firm that represents actors Gong Yoo and Jung Yu-mi on Tuesday denied a rumor that the two are in a relationship and are going to marry soon.

"The rumor related to the two actors that has recently been circulating on various online communities and social media is clearly false," Management Soop, the agency that represents both actors, said in a statement. "From now on, we will respond strongly to any circulation or reproduction of that rumor."

(Yonhap Feature) Koreas sit down for talks amid hopes for better ties

PANMUNJOM, Korea -- The first thing the two Koreas shared during their first talks in two years on Tuesday was words about the cold weather, a metaphor for years of frozen ties and a requirement for the success of the PyeongChang Winter Olympics in the South.

Senior officials from the two sides gathered at the border village of Panmunjom to discuss the North's participation in the Olympics and ways to restore relations.

(2nd LD) Hyundai unveils hydrogen-powered NEXO at CES 2018

SEOUL -- Hyundai Motor Co., South Korea's leading carmaker, on Tuesday unveiled its next-generation fuel cell electric vehicle NEXO at the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in Las Vegas.

Hyundai Motor introduced the NEXO packed with a more comprehensive range of new driver assistance technologies in its latest effort to compete against fuel cell rivals, such as Toyota Motor Corp.'s Mirai and Honda Motor Co.'s Clarity Fuel Cell, the company said in a statement.

(2nd LD) S. Korea, UAE agree to strengthen ties

SEOUL -- South Korea and the United Arab Emirates agreed Tuesday to further enhance their bilateral relationship to upgrade their diplomatic ties into a comprehensive strategic relationship, a Seoul official said.

The agreement came in a meeting between Im Jong-seok, Seoul's presidential chief of staff, and Khaldoon Al Mubarak, chairman of the Executive Affairs Authority of Abu Dhabi.

SHINee's Japan tour to proceed despite member's death

SEOUL -- Popular boy band SHINee confirmed Tuesday that the group's tour of Japan will proceed as planned next month despite the death of member Kim Jong-hyun.

SHINee members uploaded handwritten letters to fans on their official website to announce the decision.

"We think there will be people who welcome this decision and who are concerned about it," SHINee member Minho wrote in one of the letters. "We believe this is the right answer and want to keep our promise to you."

2nd terminal at Incheon airport to start operation next week

SEOUL -- Incheon International Airport Corp. will begin to operate a second passenger terminal next week, the transport ministry said Tuesday, to meet the growing volume of travelers in South Korea's main gateway.

Korean Air Lines Co. and three foreign full-service carriers -- Delta Air Lines, Inc., Air France and KLM Royal Dutch Airlines -- will begin to serve passengers in the second terminal next Thursday, the Ministry of Land, Infrastructure and Transport said.

(4th LD) Samsung Electronics expects Q4 operating profit to jump 63.8 pct

SEOUL -- South Korean tech giant Samsung Electronics Co. said Tuesday its fourth-quarter operating profit is expected to jump 63.8 percent on-year and is poised to set another record, apparently pushed up by the global boom in the chip industry.

Operating profit was estimated at 15.1 trillion won (US$14.1 billion) in the October-December period last year, up from 9.2 trillion won tallied during the same three months in 2016, the company said in a regulatory filing.

(3rd LD) S. Korea not to seek renegotiation of sex slavery deal with Japan

SEOUL -- South Korea said Tuesday that it will not seek renegotiation of a controversial 2015 deal it reached with Japan to settle long-running feud over former comfort women forced into sexual servitude for Japanese troops during World War II.

The Seoul government said that it will also set aside its own money to help the victims heal their wounds and recover their dignity, instead of using the fund that Japan contributed to under the agreement.


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