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Yonhap News Summary

All Headlines 13:30 April 05, 2018

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

(LEAD) South, North Korea meet over upcoming summit

SEOUL -- Officials from South Korea and North Korea met inside the heavily-fortified demilitarized zone Thursday to discuss the details of an upcoming summit between their leaders to be held later in the month.

The working-level dialogue began shortly after 10 a.m. (Seoul time) on the South Korean side of the joint security area (JSA), also known as Panmunjom, according to the South Korean presidential office Cheong Wa Dae.

(LEAD) S. Korea's current account surplus reaches US$4.03 bln for Feb.

SEOUL -- South Korea's current account surplus halved in February from a year earlier due mainly to an increase in the deficit in the service account, central bank data showed Thursday.

The country's current account surplus reached US$4.03 billion in February, down sharply from a surplus of $8.18 billion a year ago, according to the preliminary data from the Bank of Korea (BOK).

N. Korea may have shut down nuclear reactor for now: 38 North

WASHINGTON -- North Korea may have shut down a nuclear reactor for now, while conducting major construction work nearby, a U.S. website monitoring the reclusive regime said Wednesday.

In the latest commercial satellite imagery from March 30, there were no clearly visible steam plumes coming from the Generator Hall of the 5-megawatt plutonium-producing reactor at the Yongbyon nuclear complex, 38 North said.

Court again denies arrest warrant for ex-governor on sexual offense charges

SEOUL -- A local court on Thursday refused for the second time to issue an arrest warrant for former South Chungcheong Province Gov. An Hee-jung on sexual offense charges.

The Seoul Western District Court said the accusations leveled against An are contestable and there is insufficient proof that he is a flight risk or trying to destroy evidence.

Hefty sentence expected for ousted President Park in corruption trial

SEOUL -- A Seoul court is expected to deliver a heavy punishment for former President Park Geun-hye in a ruling set for Friday on one of the nation's biggest corruption scandals.

The sentencing hearing is scheduled to begin at 2:10 p.m. at the Seoul Central District Court. The court allowed a live broadcast Tuesday, citing the sizable public interest in the case.

(LEAD) Thailand commissions trainer jets imported from Korea

SEOUL -- The Thai Air Force has completed the deployment of the first four T-50TH supersonic trainer jets imported from South Korea, the manufacturer of the aircraft said Thursday.

The Korea Aerospace Industries Co. (KAI) said a related ceremony was held at the Takhli Air Force Base, some 240 kilometers northwest of Bangkok. It was attended by the country's Air Force chief Johm Rungswang, Seoul's Ambassador to Thailand Noh Kwang-il, KAI President Kim Jo-won and dozens of other officials.

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