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13:30 January 14, 2019

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

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President Moon to meet with leaders of top conglomerates

SEOUL -- President Moon Jae-in will hold a meeting this week with the leaders of the country's largest businesses, the presidential office Cheong Wa Dae said Monday.

The meeting will be held Tuesday at Cheong Wa Dae, involving top executive officers of about 130 major businesses, including vice chairman Lee Jae-yong of Samsung Electronics Co.

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S. Korea needs more time to review businesspeople's request to visit industrial park in N. Korea

SEOUL -- The unification ministry said Monday more time is necessary to determine whether to allow a group of businesspeople to visit a shuttered inter-Korean industrial park in North Korea because such a trip needs international understanding and consultations with Pyongyang.

Last week, around 180 businesspeople who once operated plants at the industrial park in the North's border town of Kaesong requested state approval for their trip there Wednesday to check facilities they left behind when it was abruptly closed in 2016.

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Seoul pushes for video reunions of separated families around Lunar New Year's

SEOUL -- South Korea is in talks with North Korea to set up video reunions for families separated by the 1950-53 Korean War as early as possible, at least by next month's Lunar New Year's Day holiday, the unification ministry said Monday.

President Moon Jae-in and North Korean leader Kim Jong-un agreed at their third summit in Pyongyang in September to cooperate in allowing separated families to hold video reunions and exchange video messages with their long-lost loved ones.

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Korean sky full of heavy fine dust for 4th consecutive day

SEOUL -- Most of South Korea was blanketed by extraordinarily heavy levels of ultrafine particles for the fourth consecutive day Monday, with the authorities enforcing emergency measures to reduce public health hazards.

The fine dust concentration is particularly serious in the nation's central region, including Seoul and nearby areas. According to Air Korea and other fine dust watchers, Seoul's fine dust level surged to 151 micrograms per cubic meter as of 10 a.m, with its ultrafine dust fine level reaching 119 micrograms, nearly five times the WHO's recommended level of 25 micrograms.

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Ex-judoka claims to have been sexually assaulted by coach

SEOUL -- A former judoka has claimed she was repeatedly sexually assaulted by a former coach, joining a prominent skater in outing the actions of an alleged perpetrator.

In an interview with the vernacular Hankyoreh newspaper published Monday, the 24-year-old Shin Yu-yong accused her high school coach of sexually assaulting her on about 20 occasions from summer 2011 to 2015, following her high school graduation.

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Seoul shares down 0.5 pct late Monday morning

SEOUL -- South Korean stocks traded lower late Monday morning as investor sentiment was hurt by concerns over the ongoing shutdown of the U.S. government, analysts said.

The benchmark Korea Composite Stock Price Index lost 10.29 points, or 0.5 percent, to 2,065.28 as of 11:20 a.m.

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Pompeo says 'details' are being worked out for 2nd U.S.-N.K. summit

WASHINGTON -- U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said Sunday that "details" are being worked out for the possible second summit between Washington and Pyongyang, amid a flurry of media reports on Vietnam as its possible venue.

During a media interview, he made the remarks as expectations grow that U.S. President Donald Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong-un may meet in the coming months to break an apparent impasse in their negotiations over Pyongyang's denuclearization.

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