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Yonhap News Summary

All News 13:30 January 07, 2019

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

N. Korean leader to turn 35 this week

SEOUL) -- North Korean leader Kim Jong-un is believed to be turning 35 this week, but unlike the birthdays of his father and grandfather, considered among the country's most important holidays, no state celebrations are expected for the young leader.

Kim is known to have been born on Jan. 8, 1984, though the North's government hasn't officially confirmed the date. On the eve of his birthday, the North's state media outlets, including its key mouthpiece Korean Central News Agency, remained mum about his birthday.

Moon's job approval rating inches up

SEOUL -- President Moon Jae-in's approval rating rose slightly last week after four consecutive weeks of decline, a poll showed Monday.

In a survey conducted by Realmeter, 46.4 percent of 2,008 people polled said they approved of Moon's job as president.

Email suspected to have malicious code sent to reporters at govt. agency handling inter-Korean affairs

SEOUL -- An email suspected to be carrying malicious code has been sent to dozens of reporters covering South Korea's unification ministry handling relations with North Korea, prompting an investigation into the incident, an official said Monday.

The email titled "TF reference info" with a compressed file attached was sent to more than 70 members of the ministry's press corps earlier in the day. It was sent through a private email address from a person named "Yoon Hong-geun." The ministry suspects it contains malicious code designed for hacking.

Samsung Electronics showcases 75" microLED TV at CES

SEOUL -- Samsung Electronics Co. said Monday it has unveiled a 75-inch microLED television based on next-generation display technology to target the high-end commercial TV market.

The South Korean tech giant showcased its latest microLED TV lineup during Samsung's First Look 2019 event in Las Vegas, ahead of the opening of the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) slated for Jan 8-11.

(LEAD) Samsung Bioepis partners with Chinese bio firm to expand biosimilar business

SEOUL -- South Korean pharmaceutical firm Samsung Bioepis Co. said Monday that it has joined hands with Chinese biopharmaceutical company 3SBio Inc. to make further inroads into the world's second largest bio market.

The agreement covers collaboration for the clinical development and commercialization of multiple biosimilars produced by Samsung Bioepis, including SB8, officials said. The two companies will further partner in the regulatory registration of biosimilars in China, the company said.

(LEAD) Yuhan inks export deal to develop treatment for liver disease

SEOUL -- South Korean drugmaker Yuhan Corp. said Monday that it has signed a US$785 million deal with U.S. biotechnology firm Gilead Sciences Inc. to export its new liver disease treatment technology.

The deal calls for the two companies to enter into a collaboration agreement to co-develop novel therapeutic candidates for the treatment of patients with advanced fibrosis due to nonalcoholic steatohepatitis (NASH), officials said.

Sales of eco-friendly cars jump 27 pct last year

SEOUL -- Carmakers sold more than 120,000 units of environment-friendly vehicles in South Korea last year, up 27 percent from a year earlier, industry data showed Monday.

Sales by both domestic and foreign carmakers reached 123,387 eco-friendly vehicles for the whole of 2018, jumping from 97,435 units sold the year before, according to data from the Korea Automobile Importers and Distributors Association and the Korea Automobile Manufacturers Association.

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