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Yonhap News Summary

All News 13:23 January 03, 2019

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

(2nd LD) Trump says he received 'great letter' from N.K. leader

WASHINGTON -- U.S. President Donald Trump said Wednesday that he received a "great letter" from North Korean leader Kim Jong-un and expects the two will have another meeting soon.

Kim said in his New Year's address Tuesday that he is ready for a second meeting with Trump at any time and is committed to "complete denuclearization."

Cheong Wa Dae 'unaware' of N. Korean diplomat's reported asylum bid in Italy

SEOUL -- South Korea's presidential office said Thursday it has no information to confirm a news report that a senior North Korean diplomat in Italy is seeking asylum.

"There's nothing Cheong Wa Dae knows" about the report that the North's acting ambassador to Italy, Jo Song-gil, is attempting to gain asylum, presidential spokesman Kim Eui-kyeom said in a text message to reporters here.

S. Korea to apply tougher screening for cross-border tech M&As

SEOUL -- South Korea will strengthen screening for foreign merger and acquisitions (M&As) of local companies with cutting-edge technologies and levy tougher punishments against unauthorized leaks of sensitive technology abroad, the government said Thursday.

The ministries of industry and justice as well as the Korean Intellectual Property Office jointly announced a series of measures to protect cutting-edge technologies amid rising concerns over technology leaks and brain drain to foreign rivals.

Military in fight against arms tech leaks

SEOUL -- South Korea's defense ministry and state arms procurement agency unveiled a package of measures Thursday aimed at preventing technology leaks and strengthening the competitiveness of the local arms industry.

The measures include penalizing a firm for leaks by restricting its participation in state defense projects, encouraging the voluntary disclosure of any breach and toughening background checks on workers that Korean companies hire overseas.

Activists call for protection of 20,000 unregistered immigrant children in S. Korea

SEOUL -- The number of undocumented immigrant children in South Korea is estimated to exceed 20,000, but their basic rights to education and health are not protected, civic activists said Thursday, calling for swift countermeasures from the government.

Unregistered children of foreign migrant workers live all across South Korea after arriving through various channels or being born here, but there are no accurate statistics on them.

S. Korean becomes top dancer at Monte Carlo Ballet

PARIS -- South Korean ballerino An Jae-yong of the Monte Carlo Ballet has been promoted to a principal dancer, the royal company in Monaco announced Wednesday.

The 27-year-old dancer grabbed the coveted position of "Soloist Principal" under a contract for the 2018-19 season, only two years after he joined the company led by world-famous French dancer and choreographer Jean-Christophe Maillot, according to the company.

(Yonhap Feature) Capsule hotel provides quality retreat inside busy Incheon Int'l Airport

INCHEON -- Kim and Gen, a young Canadian couple, flew a total of 17 hours from Canada's capital of Ottawa to Vancouver and then to Incheon, South Korea, on their winter vacation this week to visit Kim's Korean grandparents in Jeonju, well over 200 kilometers from Incheon International Airport.

Instead of heading straight to Jeonju after landing in Incheon Monday evening, they decided to check in at Incheon International Airport's capsule hotel for a 12-hour overnight stay before resuming their journey to the old Korean heritage city the next morning in a fresh condition.

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