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Yonhap News Summary

All News 14:03 January 10, 2018

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

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Hyundai workers stage 5-day partial strike for higher wages

ULSAN -- Unionized workers at Hyundai Motor Co. staged five straight days of partial strikes that started last week, a company official said Wednesday, as union leader was and management prepare to work out differences.

The workers in the morning shift walked away from their production lines from 9:00 a.m. for six hours, while those on the evening shift plan to put down their tools at 5:40 p.m. for another six hours, sources said.

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(2nd LD) Moon calls for Japan's sincere apology to resolve sex slavery issue

SEOUL -- President Moon Jae-in on Wednesday urged Japan to accept historical truth and make a heartfelt apology to the victims of its wartime sexual slavery as part of efforts to resolve the longstanding feud over the issue between the two countries.

In a nationally televised press conference, Moon reaffirmed that a controversial 2015 deal with Japan aimed at resolving the issue once and for all was reached "in the wrong way," which excluded the opinions of the victims.

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(3rd LD) President reaffirms resolve to denuclearize N. Korea

SEOUL -- South Korean President Moon Jae-in on Wednesday welcomed the resumption of inter-Korean dialogue but said his country will continue to work with the international community to denuclearize North Korea.

In his first press conference in the new year, Moon also said his country has no plans to ease sanctions on the communist state against the will of the international community.

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Chinese hacker arrested for stealing client data from software firm

SEOUL -- One Chinese national has been arrested and his South Korean accomplice is being sought on suspicion of carrying out a massive hack into a software company’s client details, and using the private data to extort clients, police said Wednesday.

The cybercrime unit of the National Police Agency said they apprehended a 27-year-old surnamed Cho late last year and have taken him into custody on charges of violating laws regarding telecommunications and protection of online information. The Korean accomplice, whose identity is being withheld, remains at large, they said.

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(LEAD) Hyundai, Cisco to unveil hyperconnected car next year

SEOUL -- Hyundai Motor Co. and Cisco Systems Inc. said they will team up to produce a next-generation, hyperconnected car next year in the latest move to stay ahead of global competition as sweeping changes in transportation and mobility pick up pace.

The two firms aim to create a flexible and more secure platform that will offer a path to innovate and build on smart-vehicle solutions, Cisco said Tuesday in an announcement with Hyundai at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas.

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Last year's Lotto sales 2nd highest on record: lottery commission

SEOUL -- Sales of Lotto tickets reached the second highest number ever in 2017, the country's lottery operator said Wednesday, amid growth in the number of sales outlets.

Total sales are projected at 3.79 trillion won (US$3.4 billion) for last year, the Korea Lottery Commission said.

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S. Korea open to working-level talks with N.K. on Olympics this week

SEOUL -- South Korea's unification ministry on Wednesday expressed hope that the two Koreas could hold working-level talks on the North's participation in the PyeongChang Winter Games as early as this week.

North Korea agreed Tuesday to send a delegation of ranking officials, athletes, cheerleaders, performing artists, taekwondo demonstration teams and others to the games, which will be held in the South next month. Details about a travel route will be decided at a working-level meeting.

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S. Korea's top envoy on N. Korean nukes departs for U.S. for talks

SEOUL -- South Korea's top negotiator on North Korean nuclear issues left for the United States on Wednesday to discuss the outcome from the recent inter-Korean talks.

Lee embarked on his three-day visit to Washington, D.C. where he will meet with his American counterpart Joseph Yun and other officials from the White House's National Security Council and the Department of State as well as other key personnel engaged in North Korean issues, according to the foreign ministry.
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