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Yonhap News Summary

All News 13:04 January 02, 2019

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

(LEAD) Trump says looks forward to 2nd meeting with N.K. leader

WASHINGTON -- U.S. President Donald Trump said Tuesday that he looks forward to a second meeting with the North Korean leader, after Kim Jong-un said he is ready to meet any time.

"'Kim Jong Un says North Korea will not make or test nuclear weapons, or give them to others - & he is ready to meet President Trump anytime,'" Trump tweeted, apparently citing a PBS News Hour report on Kim's New Year's address earlier in the day.

Son Heung-min stays hot with goal in 1st match of '19

SEOUL -- When you're hot, you're hot.

Tottenham Hotspur's South Korean forward Son Heung-min scored a goal and picked up an assist against Cardiff City on New Year's Day (local time), helping his Premier League club to a 3-0 victory at Cardiff City Stadium.

President Moon visits National Cemetery to start new year

SEOUL -- President Moon Jae-in made a rare trip to the National Cemetery on Wednesday to pay his respects to the country's war veterans and heroes before starting the first working day of the new year.

The president was joined by all 19 members of his Cabinet, including Prime Minister Lee Nak-yon, on his visit to the Seoul National Cemetery.

BTS tops Billboard Social 50 for record 77th week

SEOUL -- K-pop world stars BTS took No. 1 on Billboard's Social 50 chart, dominating the list for a Billboard record 77th consecutive week, chart results showed Wednesday.

BTS has topped the chart, which ranks the most active artists on major social media outlets, every week since they first hit No. 1 on Dec. 29, 2016, according to Billboard.

(LEAD) Hyundai, Kia aim to sell 7.6 mln vehicles in 2019

SEOUL -- Hyundai Motor Co. and its affiliate Kia Motors Corp. said Wednesday they aim to sell 7.6 million vehicles this year by reviving sales in major markets, such as the United States and China.

In 2019, Hyundai and Kia, which together form the world's fifth-biggest carmaker by sales, will strive to sell 4.68 million vehicles and 2.92 million units, respectively, in global markets, the companies said in separate regulatory filings.

S. Korea says consultations with int'l community needed for resumption of Kaesong park, Kumgang tours

SEOUL -- South Korea needs close consultations with the international community to consider the resumption of two inter-Korean economic cooperation projects as called for by North Korea's leader, the unification ministry said Wednesday.

In his New Year speech on Tuesday, North Korean leader Kim Jong-un said he is willing to reopen the now-shuttered industrial park in the North's border town of Kaesong and resume the suspended tourism program to Mount Kumgang on its east coast without any preconditions.

(LEAD) Moon insists difficulties a necessary part of much-needed change

SEOUL -- President Moon Jae-in offered an apparent apology on Wednesday over economic difficulties believed to have been caused by his reform drive but said such difficulties had been expected as part of the change necessary to ensure the future of the country and its economy.

"We are well aware of the fact that development can be sustained and happiness in our daily lives can be ensured when each and every one of our entire population enjoys the benefits of economic growth," the president said in a special meeting with top business leaders to mark the start of the new year.

Finance minister calls for virtuous circle in economy

SEJONG -- South Korea's finance minister called on Wednesday for a virtuous economic circle as the country take steps to boost growth.

Hong Nam-ki, the minister of economy and finance, said in a message to ministry officials that the government must revitalize the economy, which in turn could improve sentiment and eventually people's livelihoods.


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