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All News 17:09 July 03, 2018

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

Moon meets with labor leaders, raises hope for normalization of social dialogue

SEOUL -- President Moon Jae-in met with the leaders of the country's two largest umbrella labor organizations Tuesday, raising hope for full normalization of a three-way social dialogue among the government, labor and business.

Moon's meeting with Kim Joo-young, leader of the Federation of Korean Trade Unions (FKTU), and Kim Myoung-hwan, leader of the Korean Confederation of Trade Unions (KCTU), took place on the sidelines of a ceremony to launch a preparatory committee for events commemorating next year's 100th anniversary of the 1919 nationwide uprising against Japan's colonial rule, sources said.

(LEAD) S. Korean officials, athletes visit N. Korea before friendly basketball matches

PYONGYANG/SEOUL -- A delegation of South Korean officials, athletes and media people visited North Korea on Tuesday to participate in inter-Korean friendly basketball matches amid a thaw in inter-Korean relations.

The 100-strong delegation arrived at Pyongyang's Sunan airport at around 11:10 a.m. on two military planes. It was a little over 60 minutes after they took off from an airport in Seongnam, south of Seoul.

(LEAD) Senior Navy officer arrested on charge of attempted sexual assault

SEOUL -- A senior Navy officer was put under emergency arrest Tuesday on charges of attempting to sexually assault a female subordinate while under the influence of alcohol, a Navy official said.

The Navy authorities have dismissed the rear admiral lower half, whose name has been withheld from the media, from his post at a base in Changwon, South Gyeongsang Province, for the crime that allegedly took place last Wednesday.

(LEAD) 'The Spy Gone North' director: Actual spy operations aren't like in the movies

SEOUL -- One interesting thing about director Yoon Jong-bin's latest film, "The Spy Gone North," is that it has little action for a spy movie. But it is tense the whole way through with the main characters from South and North Korea involved in a tricky psychological war, according to many critics who saw the film at the Midnight section of this year's Cannes Film Festival in May.

"I had no choice because the film is based on a true story," director Yoon Jong-bin said during a promotional press conference for the film in Seoul on Tuesday. "As a filmmaker, I felt a lot of pressure to make a spy film without action. Directors can resort to action scenes to immerse audiences into their films."

(LEAD) S. Korean FM preps trip to Tokyo for talks on N. Korea

SEOUL -- South Korean Foreign Minister Kang Kyung-wha is expected to visit Japan this weekend for a tripartite meeting with U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and Japan's top diplomat Taro Kono on North Korea, her ministry said Tuesday.

Pompeo plans to leave for Pyongyang on Thursday to discuss details of the communist nation's agreed-upon "complete denuclearization," the State Department announced earlier in the day.

Koreas exchange lists of candidate families ahead of reunions

SEOUL -- South and North Korea exchanged the lists of people wishing to meet their families separated by the 1950-53 Korean War in a bid to confirm whether their loved ones are alive and able to join reunions next month, a Red Cross official here said Tuesday.

South and North Korea held Red Cross talks last month and agreed to hold family reunions from Aug. 20-26. They will be held at a Mount Kumgang resort on the North's east coast, involving 100 families from each side.


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