The following is the second summary of major stories moved by Yonhap News Agency on Tuesday.
(LEAD) N. Korean soldiers in truce village armed with pistols: sources
SEOUL — North Korean soldiers stationed in the Joint Security Area (JSA) of the Demilitarized Zone (DMZ) have been carrying pistols since the North scrapped a 2018 inter-Korean military tension reduction agreement, sources said Tuesday.
Arming soldiers in the JSA — known as the truce village of Panmunjom — is the latest in a series of North Korea’s moves that nullify the pact, including restoring guard posts and bringing heavy firearms along the border with South Korea.
Yoon expected to shake up Cabinet, presidential office starting next week
SEOUL — President Yoon Suk Yeol is expected to carry out a major reshuffle of the Cabinet and presidential secretaries starting next week, as he prepares to push key agenda items in his third year in office, officials said Tuesday.
The shakeup is expected to affect five of the six senior presidential secretaries and around half of the 19 Cabinet ministers, including those for finance, justice and land, as many of them depart to run in next April’s parliamentary elections.
S. Korea delays spy satellite launch due to bad weather
SEOUL — South Korea’s plan to launch its first military spy satellite has been postponed due to bad weather, the defense ministry said Tuesday.
The ministry said it has rescheduled the date to launch a spy satellite on a SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket from the U.S. Vandenberg Space Force Base in California to Dec. 2 from Nov. 30.
(LEAD) Hydrogen supply expected to be stable starting this week: industry ministry
SEOUL — The ongoing supply disruption of hydrogen for vehicles in central South Korea has gradually eased, and the shortage is expected to be fully resolved by around mid-December, the industry ministry said Tuesday.
Hydrogen charging stations in the greater Seoul area, the central Chungcheong Province and the eastern province of Gangwon have experienced a supply shortage recently, causing long lines of drivers to power up their cars, as part of Hyundai Steel Co.’s hydrogen production equipment broke down in the western city of Dangjin earlier this month.
Top U.S. envoy says ‘tremendous’ bipartisan support in America for trilateral cooperation with S. Korea, Japan
SEOUL — The United States has “tremendous” bipartisan support for its deepening three-way cooperation with South Korea and Japan, its top envoy to Seoul said Tuesday, expressing confidence that the relationship will continue to develop and remain firm.
Ambassador Philip Goldberg made the remarks at a luncheon event, stressing the commitments agreed among leaders of the three countries at the landmark Camp David summit in the U.S. in August laid the foundation for the strong tripartite cooperation based on shared values and principles.
(LEAD) Seoul shares close more than 1 pct higher on Israel-Hamas truce
SEOUL — South Korean stocks rose more than 1 percent to a two-month high Tuesday as investors were buoyed by the latest news on an extended cease-fire in the Middle East. The local currency rose sharply against the U.S. greenback.
The benchmark Korea Composite Stock Price Index (KOSPI) jumped 26.10 points, or 1.05 percent, to close at 2,521.76, marking the highest closing price since Sept. 20 when the index finished at 2,559.74.
Veteran defender for K League 1 champions Ulsan nominated for MVP award
SEOUL — Kim Young-gwon, a veteran center back for the K League 1 champions Ulsan Hyundai FC, has been nominated for the league’s most valuable player (MVP) award.
The league announced candidates for its three major individual awards Tuesday: MVP, the Young Player of the Year and the Coach of the Year.