The following is the first summary of major stories moved by Yonhap News Agency on Wednesday.
Human rights not on agenda for upcoming Moon-Kim summit: Cheong Wa Dae
SEOUL -- Human rights issues will not be a major agenda item for South Korean President Moon Jae-in's talks with North Korean leader Kim Jong-un, at least for now, an official from Moon's presidential office Cheong Wa Dae said Wednesday.
He insisted that any issue unrelated to denuclearization may impede the most urgent task of denuclearizing the communist North.
S. Korean, Japanese FMs voice hope for cooperation on N.K. and other issues
SEOUL -- The top diplomats of South Korea and Japan expressed hope on Wednesday for strengthening cooperation in resolving North Korea's nuclear issue and establishing lasting peace in the region.
Foreign Minister Kang Kyung-wha and her Japanese counterpart Taro Kono met in Seoul. Kono is making his first visit here since taking office in August last year, and it also marks the first trip by a Japanese foreign minister since December 2015.
Denuclearization to top agenda of Trump-Kim meeting, human rights could be discussed
WASHINGTON -- The denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula will top the agenda for the upcoming meeting between U.S. President Donald Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong-un, but the North's human rights situation could also be discussed, the State Department said Tuesday.
Trump and Kim are expected to meet in May or early June at a time and place to be determined.
(LEAD) Senior Chinese official to visit N.K. leading art troupe
SEOUL -- A senior Chinese official will visit North Korea, leading an art troupe as Pyongyang and Beijing have agreed to strengthen cultural exchanges, the North's state media said Wednesday.
The visit comes in a thawing sign of the two countries' strained ties after North Korean leader Kim Jong-un made a surprise visit to Beijing last month for a summit with Chinese President Xi Jinping.
S. Korea's money supply rises at fastest pace in 10 months in Feb.
SEOUL -- The money supply in South Korea accelerated at the fastest pace in 10 months in February on increased corporate lending, central bank data showed Wednesday.
The country's M2 totaled 2,570.8 trillion won (US$2.41 trillion) in February, up 6.2 percent from 2,420.3 trillion won a year earlier, the Bank of Korea (BOK) said in a statement.
KBS programs scoop up five prizes at New York TV awards
SEOUL -- South Korea's largest public broadcaster KBS said Wednesday its television programs have won five awards at the 2018 New York Festivals Television & Film Awards.
The network's "Journey on Foot -- Goodbye, My Girlhood" and "'Baby Box,' Story of Deserted Infants" picked up the Gold World Medal in the documentary/human concerns and the documentary/current affairs categories, respectively, during the awards ceremony at Las Vegas on Tuesday (local time).
(Yonhap Feature) S. Korean basketball league's height limit draws controversy, laughs
SEOUL -- There's one basketball league in the world where LeBron James is not allowed to play: the Korean Basketball League (KBL).
It's not that James, who is listed at 203 centimeters, is so superior against others but because he is just too tall to play basketball in South Korea.
U.S. envoy on N. Korea Biegun to visit Seoul this week
(LEAD) Customs seize 63.88 kg of cocaine from cargo at Busan port
(LEAD) Kim Jong-un visits mausoleum of late father to mark 7th anniv. of death
(LEAD) Moon hints at possible slowdown of minimum wage hikes
Moon set to hold 1st extended meeting of economy-related ministers