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Yonhap News Summary

All News 13:26 June 11, 2018

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

(US-NK summit) Past negotiations over N.K. nukes marred by distrust, security dilemma, political hurdles

SINGAPORE -- U.S. President Donald Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong-un are steeling themselves for a historic showdown over the communist regime's denuclearization, a goal that has been elusive for more than two decades.

Past negotiations, including the six-party aid-for-disarmament talks, have failed to remove the North's nuclear threats due to deep-seated distrust, a security dilemma, domestic political obstacles and geopolitical dynamics.

Kang Jung-ho promoted to Triple-A in comeback bid to majors

SEOUL -- Pittsburgh Pirates' South Korean infielder Kang Jung-ho has taken a big step forward in his bid to return to the majors.

The Indianapolis Indians, the Pirates' Triple-A affiliate, announced Sunday (local time) that Kang has been promoted from Single-A Bradenton and will join their club for a four-game set against the Toledo Mud Hens this week. Kang jumped over Double-A Altoona.

(LEAD) (US-NK summit) North Korean media reports Kim-Trump summit

SEOUL -- North Korea's state media on Monday reported leader Kim Jong-un's arrival in Singapore, saying he and U.S. President Donald Trump will discuss issues of denuclearization, permanent peace on the Korean Peninsula and other matters "required by the changed era."

Kim and Trump arrived in Singapore on Sunday for what will be the first-ever summit between incumbent leaders of the longtime foes set for Tuesday.

The Korean Central News Agency (KCNA) said that the summit meeting will be held "under the great attention and expectation of the whole world."

(2nd LD) (US-NK summit) N. Korea, U.S. meet for last-minute summit preparations

SINGAPORE -- Senior North Korean and U.S. diplomats held last-minute talks in Singapore on Monday to come up with a draft agreement to be presented to the leaders of the two countries, according to officials.

Ambassador Sung Kim, the State Department's top Korea expert, met Choe Son-hui, the North's vice foreign minister, at the Ritz Carlton hotel in the morning.

It came a day before a historic summit between the communist nation's leader Kim Jong-un and President Donald Trump.

'Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom' roars with 1.8 mln admissions on opening weekend

SEOUL -- The Hollywood blockbuster "Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom" has attracted 1.8 million moviegoers in its first weekend in South Korea, data showed Monday.

Released June 6, the film debuted on top of the weekend box-office chart, bringing its domestic total to 3.22 million admissions, according to the computerized box-office tally from the Korean Film Council (KOFIC).

S. Korea's exports rise 2 pct in first 10 days of June

SEJONG -- South Korea's exports jumped 2 percent on-year during the first 10 days of June on the back of brisk sales of chips and autos, customs data showed Monday.

The country's outbound shipments reached US$12.4 billion in the June 1-10 period, according to the data from the Korea Customs Service.

(US-NK summit) Expectations running high for successful outcomes

SINGAPORE -- Both North Korea and the United States have expressed expectations for the outcomes of their first summit meeting set to open in Singapore on Tuesday.

Watchers said Monday it still remains unclear whether the two countries can reach any historic agreement on denuclearization and security guarantee, but the latest external developments from both sides seem to indicate the talks will proceed successfully.


(US-NK summit) Success of Trump-Kim summit hinges on face-to-face meeting of leaders: Seoul official

SEOUL -- The success of the historic U.S.-North Korea summit will likely be determined by the leaders' face-to-face meeting rather than by prior working-level negotiations, an official from Seoul's presidential office Cheong Wa Dae said Monday.

"It appears the upcoming summit will be determined by the final negotiation between the two leaders when they meet face to face and hold frank dialogue, rather than a meeting where working-level officials arrange everything and the leaders only ink the agreement as a formal ritual," Cheong Wa Dae spokesman Kim Eui-kyeom said in a press briefing.


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