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Yonhap News Summary

Yonhap News Summary 13:48 December 28, 2018

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

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(2nd LD) S. Korea's industrial output falls 0.7 pct in November

SEJONG -- South Korea's industrial output fell 0.7 percent in November from a month earlier due in part to decreased exports of semiconductors and a decline in production in the service sector, government data showed Friday.

The data compiled by Statistics Korea showed production in the mining, manufacturing, gas and electricity industries dropping 1.7 percent on-month in November.

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Koreas to hold meeting of liaison office co-chiefs to discuss cross-border issues

SEOUL -- The South and North Korean co-chiefs of a joint liaison office will meet Friday to discuss issues related to inter-Korean relations and cooperation, the unification ministry said.

Vice Unification Minister Chun Hae-sung will meet with Jon Chong-su, vice chairman of the North's Committee for the Peaceful Reunification of the Country, at the liaison office in the North's border town of Kaesong.

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(LEAD) Conscientious objectors to serve at correctional facilities for 36 months

SEOUL -- South Korean men who refuse to join the military due to religious faith will be subject to three years of alternative duty at local correctional facilities, nearly double the length of service for Army draftees, the defense ministry announced Friday.

The ministry put on public notice the proposed revision to the Military Service Act and a new bill on introducing the program in 2020, capping months of heated debate that pitted rights advocates against critics, mostly conservatives.

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Personal info of about 1,000 North Korean defectors leaked

SEOUL -- The personal information of nearly 1,000 North Korean defectors in South Korea has been leaked as a computer at a state-run resettlement center was hacked, the unification ministry said Friday.

The names, birth dates and addresses of 997 North Korean defectors were confirmed to have been leaked through a personal computer infected with a malicious code, according to the ministry.

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Five conglomerates resolve cross-shareholding structure

SEJONG -- Samsung Group and four other major conglomerates completely ended their circular cross-shareholding structures, South Korea's antitrust watchdog said Friday, amid a push to improve corporate governance.

The four other big business groups are retail giant Lotte, Hyundai Heavy Industries Group, Daelim Group and Hyundai Department Store Group, the Fair Trade Commission (FTC) said.

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President Moon appoints new Supreme Court justice

SEOUL -- President Moon Jae-in appointed a new member of the country's highest court Friday, one day after the National Assembly endorsed his appointment in a much-delayed vote.

Kim Sang-hwan was appointed a Supreme Court justice in a ceremony held at the presidential office Cheong Wa Dae.

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(LEAD) President Moon to make rare trip to military camp

SEOUL -- President Moon Jae-in was set to make a rare trip to a training camp for new military service members Friday, his office Cheong Wa Dae said.

The president will have lunch with new conscripts at the training camp and hold a separate session where he will talk with the service members, a Cheong Wa Dae official said.

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Drummer of 30-year-old band SSAW dies of cancer

SEOUL -- Jeon Tae-kwan, the drummer of the 30-year-old rock band SSAW, or Spring Summer Autumn Winter, has died of renal cancer at the age of 56, his bandmate said Friday.

"I inform you of heartbreaking news. Last night, drummer Jeon Tae-kwan passed away," Kim Jong-jin said.
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