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Headlines, August 20, 2019

기사승인 2019.08.20  11:02:46

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The Korean daily media headlines and humor

Tuesday, August 20, 2019

The Korea Post media (www.koreapost.com) in English, (www.koreapost.co.kr) in Korean.

Moon urges N. Korea, other parties to seize rare dialogue opportunity

President Moon Jae-in called on North Korea and the United States on Monday to seize the current chance to achieve denuclearization and lasting peace, as Seoul and Washington are wrapping up their combined military drills. The allies kicked off the "command-post" exercise on Aug. 5. In response, North Korea demonstrated its own firepower with the test-firing of a salvo of short-range missiles and other rocket systems.

Tokyo authorizes second shipment of materials under export restriction

The Japanese government has authorized a second shipment of an industrial material under its export restrictions to South Korea, informed sources said Monday. According to industry and government sources here, Tokyo has recently approved a request from a local manufacturer to export photoresist to South Korean chipmaker Samsung Electronics.

S. Korea calls in Japanese diplomat over Fukushima water discharge plan

South Korea called in a Japanese diplomat Monday to demand Tokyo's explanation on its reported plan to discharge into the Pacific Ocean contaminated water from the 2011 Fukushima nuclear plant meltdown. The move came amid Seoul's push to reverse Tokyo's recent export curbs through bilateral dialogue and pressure. Seoul sees the curbs as political retaliation for last year's South Korean Supreme Court rulings against Japanese firms over wartime forced labor.

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KBS (http://world.kbs.co.kr/english/news/)

N. Korea Continues Criticism of US-S. Korea Joint Drill

North Korea continued its criticism of a joint military exercise between South Korea and the U.S. on Tuesday, the last day of the combined drill. The North’s state-run Rodong Sinmun newspaper denounced the ten-day combined command post training as a "hostile act and unacceptable military provocation" against North Korea staged by the U.S. and “warmongers” in South Korea.

S. Korea's Foreign Minister Departs for Talks with Top Diplomats of China, Japan

South Korean Foreign Minister Kang Kyung-wha departed for a three-day trip to Beijing Tuesday, where she will meet with top Chinese and Japanese diplomats. Kang will hold talks with her Chinese and Japanese counterparts, Wang Yi and Taro Kono, respectively, on Wednesday morning to discuss and coordinate agenda items for a possible trilateral summit later this year.

S. Korean, US Officials to Meet Ahead of Defense-Cost Sharing Negotiations

South Korean and U.S. diplomats will hold talks in Seoul on Tuesday over the two allies' planned negotiations on cost sharing for the upkeep of American troops in Korea. Acco