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Yonhap News Summary

All News 17:36 January 04, 2019

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

Samsung chief discusses chip strategy with executives

SEOUL -- Samsung Electronics Vice Chairman Lee Jae-yong visited the company's chip production line in southern Seoul on Friday and met key executives to share ideas on business strategies.

"We should create a new chip market in the era of the fourth industrial revolution," the de facto head of the world's largest chipmaker said during a meeting with executives, including Vice Chairman Kim Ki-nam, who leads the company's crucial device solutions division.

Officials of Koreas hold liaison office meeting after N.K. leader's address

SEOUL -- Senior officials of South and North Korea met at their joint liaison office on Friday to discuss inter-Korean issues, the first such meeting since North Korean leader Kim Jong-un's New Year's speech, the unification ministry said.

Vice Unification Minister Chun Hae-sung, South Korea's chief for the liaison office, met with Kim Kwang-song, a deputy chief on the North Korean side, for about 20 minutes, according to the ministry.

Cheong Wa Dae puts off plan to relocate presidential office

SEOUL -- The government has decided to put off a plan to relocate the presidential office Cheong Wa Dae, Cheong Wa Dae officials said Friday, largely citing the lack of space in the proposed Gwanghwamun area.

Relocating the presidential office to the downtown Gwanghwamun area was a key election pledge of President Moon Jae-in who had advocated the importance of close and daily encounters with the people and working-level officials.

Top diplomats of S. Korea, Japan agree to pursue future-oriented ties amid radar spat

SEOUL -- The top diplomats of South Korea and Japan agreed to pursue the "future-oriented" development of bilateral relations during their phone conversation Friday, Seoul's foreign ministry said amid an escalating spat involving military radar.

Foreign Minister Kang Kyung-wha and her Japanese counterpart, Taro Kono, discussed growing tensions over the row and South Korea's Supreme Court rulings last year in favor of South Koreans forced into hard labor by Japanese firms during Tokyo's 1910-45 colonial rule.

DUI offenses still rampant despite tougher punishments under new law

SEOUL -- The parliamentary passage in late November of a new bill aimed at toughening the punishment for drunk driving appears to have had little effect in discouraging driving under the influence (DUI) among South Koreans.

The Supreme Prosecutors' Office said Friday that 91 drivers were arrested and 2,511 others indicted without detention on DUI charges in October and November last year.

Gangwon FC sign Bosnian striker Nemanja Bilbija

SEOUL -- South Korean pro football club Gangwon said Friday they've signed Bosnian striker Nemanja Bilbija.

The K League 1 side said that Bilbija will join the club from Bosnia and Herzegovina side HSK Zrinjski Mostar for the 2019 season.

Bilbija made his pro debut in 2011 with Serbian club Vojvodina and played for teams in Bosnia and Herzegovina and Croatia. The 28-year-old has scored 80 goals and delivered 41 assists in 254 matches.

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