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Yonhap News Summary

All Headlines 16:48 January 29, 2018

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

(LEAD) Defense chief says N. Korea's use of nuke would be 'suicidal'

SEOUL -- South Korea's top defense official voiced doubt Monday that North Korea will use its nuclear weapons, saying that such an act would be "suicidal."

"The North Korean regime will probably be removed from the map if it uses developed nuclear weapons against South Korea or the United States," Defense Minister Song Young-moo said at a security forum in Singapore, which was webcast live.

Moon orders inspections of all public facilities for fire safety

SEOUL -- President Moon Jae-in on Monday ordered thorough inspections of all public and private facilities frequented by the people, also calling for new methods to inspect and ensure the safety of such facilities.

The call came after a fire at a large hospital in the southeastern city of Miryang left 37 people dead and more than 140 others injured. The latest tragedy came a few days after a fire at a sports complex in the central city of Jecheon killed 29 people.

(LEAD) Chinese military plane enters KADIZ, S. Korea's military says

SEOUL -- A Chinese military aircraft entered South Korea's Air Defense Identification Zone (KADIZ) on Monday without prior notification, defense authorities here said.

It trespassed in the KADIZ at around 9:30 a.m. and entered Japan's ADIZ, or JADIZ, before finally flying out of the KADIZ at around 2:05 p.m., according to the Joint Chiefs of Staff (JCS).

Co-prosperity vital for franchise businesses: FTC chief

SEOUL -- South Korea's chief corporate regulator said Monday that co-prosperity between franchisers and their business partners is key to their sustainable growth, vowing the government will provide full support to improving business relations.

"Should business conditions get worse, their co-prosperity and cooperation are more vital," Kim Sang-jo, chairman of the Fair Trade Commission (FTC), said at a local forum.

S. Korea nominates coastal wetlands, historical institutions for UNESCO heritage status

SEOUL -- South Korea has nominated historical academic institutions and tidal flats on the south and west coasts as UNESCO World Heritage site candidates, officials said Monday.

The Cultural Heritage Administration said it submitted nine of the most prominent neo-Confucian academies called "seowon" for consideration for the World Heritage Site list.

(2nd LD) Prosecutors demand 8-year jail term for ex-Park aide in influence-peddling scandal

SEOUL -- Prosecutors demanded an eight-year prison term Monday for a former presidential aide involved in a corruption scandal that led to the removal of then-President Park Geun-hye from office last year.

Woo Byung-woo, 50, who served as senior presidential secretary for civil affairs from 2015-2016, was indicted in April last year on charges of dereliction of duty, abuse of power and perjury. The Seoul Central District Court will hand down its verdict in about two weeks.

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