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Yonhap News Summary 13:30 January 28, 2019

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

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Moon's approval rating falls for 2nd week: poll

SEOUL -- President Moon Jae-in's approval rating declined for the second straight week last week, a poll showed Monday, amid controversy over alleged real estate speculation by a former ruling party lawmaker.

Moon's support came to 47.7 percent, down 1.4 percentage points from the previous week, according to a poll by Realmeter on 2,515 people across the country. The survey was conducted between last Monday and Friday.

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UNSC grants sanctions exemption for inter-Korean excavation of DMZ war remains: source

SEOUL -- The U.N. Security Council (UNSC) has granted a sanctions exemption for an inter-Korean project to excavate Korean War remains in the Demilitarized Zone, a diplomatic source said Monday.

The UNSC made the decision last week as Seoul sought the exemption to ensure that the delivery of equipment into the communist state for the project will not be impeded by anti-Pyongyang sanctions.

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N. Korea urges S. Korea to stop military drills

SEOUL -- North Korea's official newspaper urged South Korea to stop military drills Monday, saying such military activity could hurt the current mood of peace and dialogue on the Korean Peninsula.

"It is not something that can be easily overlooked that military authorities in South Korea have conducted war exercises from early this year by mobilizing a huge number of troops," the Rodong Sinmun, the organ of the North's ruling party, said in an article.

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Xi watches performance of N. Korean art troupe

SEOUL -- Chinese President Xi Jinping attended a rare concert by a North Korean state art troupe and met with the delegation's chief, Chinese state media reported Monday, as the two countries boast close ties ahead of a second summit between the United States and North Korea.

Xi and his wife, Peng Liyuan, met with Ri Su-yong, vice chairman of the North Korean ruling party's Central Committee, on Sunday and watched the performance by the North Korean artists, according to China's Xinhua News Agency.

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Korean comedy 'Extreme Job' dominates weekend box office

SEOUL -- The local comedy film "Extreme Job" took the weekend box-office chart by storm, data showed Monday.

The movie directed by Lee Byoung-heon attracted 2.4 million cinemagoers from Friday to Sunday, according to the data from the Korean Film Council.

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Over 100 chaebol scions under 50 serve as executives

SEOUL -- More than 100 members of South Korea's major conglomerate owner families under the age of 50 are serving as executives, with three heading their groups, a corporate tracker said Monday.

A total of 130 members of the nation's 200 leading conglomerate owner families who were born in 1970 or later hold executive titles, according to the Korea CXO Institute.

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Major commercial banks to adopt shorter working hours this year

SEOUL -- South Korea's leading lenders have wrapped up their labor deals for the new year that aim to help employees better strike a balance between work and their personal lives, industry watchers said Monday.

Late last week, the labor and the management of KB Kookmin Bank reached a deal on wages and other working terms after monthslong wrangling that caused a strike for the first time in 19 years.

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N.K propaganda outlet calls for no outside interference in inter-Korean projects

SEOUL -- A North Korean propaganda outlet called for no outside interference in pushing for inter-Korean cooperative projects Monday, saying that cross-border exchanges are an "internal matter."

"It is an internal matter of our own people to fully expand and advance cooperation and exchanges between the North and the South so as to consolidate reconciliation and unity, and open the path toward prosperity by holding their hands tight," DPRK Today, an external propaganda outlet, said on its website.

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S. Korea announces failure of first artificial rain experiment over sea

SEOUL -- South Korea's first artificial rain experiment over the Yellow Sea to analyze its effect on reducing fine dust concentrations has ended in failure, the government announced Monday.

The Korea Meteorological Administration (KMA) and the Ministry of Environment said that their research institutes conducted the artificial precipitation experiment over the sea about 110 km southwest of Gunsan, a port of North Jeolla Province, on Friday but with little success.

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