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Yonhap News Summary

All News 13:29 December 07, 2018

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

(LEAD) Koreas to hold chief liaison officers' meeting amid speculation over Kim's possible trip to Seoul

SEOUL -- South and North Korea will hold a meeting of their chief liaison officers on Friday, the unification ministry said, amid speculation that North Korean leader Kim Jong-un could visit Seoul before year's end.

Vice Unification Minister Chun Hae-sung and his North Korean counterpart, Jon Jong-su, will meet at the joint liaison office in the North's border town of Kaesong from 11 a.m., according to the ministry.

(LEAD) Top diplomats of S. Korea, U.S. vow close coordination on N.K.

WASHINGTON -- The top diplomats of South Korea and the United States met in Washington Thursday and agreed to coordinate closely in their efforts to denuclearize North Korea, both sides said.

South Korean Foreign Minister Kang Kyung-wha and U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo held their first meeting in two months amid an impasse in denuclearization negotiations between Washington and Pyongyang

S. Korea, U.S. discuss N. Korea issue in 'working group'

SEOUL -- South Korean and U.S. officials handling the North Korea issue held a working-level videoconference Friday to coordinate their policy and strategy.

In the morning session, the two sides had "comprehensive discussions" on various issues related to inter-Korean relations and North Korea-U.S. dialogue, a South Korean foreign ministry official said.

Jeju's for-profit hospital protests ban on domestic patients: officials

JEJU -- The Greenland International Medical Center, conditionally approved earlier this week as South Korea's first for-profit hospital, has expressed an intent to take legal action over the Jeju provincial government's decision to ban South Korean patients from using the hospital, officials said Friday.

Gov. Won Hee-ryong of the Jeju Special Self-Governing Province on Wednesday announced the approval of the Chinese-owned medical center as a for-profit hospital on condition that it caters only to foreign patients.

N.K. calls for full implementation of inter-Korean summit deals

SEOUL -- A North Korean state propaganda outlet called Friday for full implementation of inter-Korean summit agreements amid scant progress in economic cooperation between the two Koreas and no signs of easing sanctions from the U.S.

Uriminzokkiri, the external propaganda website, said the two Koreas should accelerate their push for reconciliation by fully implementing the two summit agreements reached between their leaders earlier this year.

BTS makes Bloomberg list of top 50 accomplishers

SEOUL -- K-pop boy band BTS made business news service Bloomberg's annual list of the 50 most noteworthy accomplishers, its website said Friday.

The news provider described its annual Bloomberg 50 as "our look at the people in business, entertainment, finance, politics, and technology and science whose 2018 accomplishments were particularly noteworthy," unveiling the list on its website.

S. Korea's exports expected to surpass $600 bln this year

SEOUL -- South Korea's exports are expected to exceed $600 billion for the first time this year on upbeat sales of memory chips, machinery and petrochemical products, the trade ministry said Friday.

Outbound shipments were expected to reach the benchmark on Dec. 27, which would make the nation the world's sixth-largest exporter, the Ministry of Trade, Industry and Energy said.

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