tbs eFM 101.3 News http://tbs.seoul.kr/eFm/newsMain.do Art Beat: Presidential Archives Look Back On History Of Inter-Korean Summits http://tbs.seoul.kr/eFm/newsView.do?idx_800=2332554&typ_800=I [Anchor] And now for a look at what's going on in the world of arts and culture, Jeong-eun Lee has this week's Art Beat. [Reporter] The Presidential Archives is holding a special exhibit on the history of inter-Korean summits. The exhibit goes all the way back to the early 1970s when late former President Park Jung-hee sent then chief of the Korean Central Intelligence Agency to Pyongyang on a top-secret mission to hold talks with Kim Il-sung, the leader of North Korea back then. Some 150 documents, pictures, videos and artifacts are on display, including objects used during this year's summit meetings between President Moon Jae-in and the North's leader Kim Jong-un. The show will run until June 30th of next year. - In other news, 'Burning' by veteran director Lee Chang-dong has been nominated in the Best Foreign Language Film category of the 2019 Critics' Choice Awards. The mystery drama film will compete against other nominees including 'Shoplifters' by Japan's acclaimed filmmaker Hirokazu Kore-eda. The Korean movie tells the story of the mysterious relationship between three young characters played by Yoo Ah-in, Steven Yeun, and Jeon Jong-seo. Earlier this year, it won the best foreign language film prize at the Toronto Film Critics Association and also from the Los Angeles Film Critics Association. Jeong-eun Lee, eFM News.■ Jeongeun Lee 201812121746+0900 Seoul Stocks End Higher On Hyundai Motor, US-China Trade Hopes http://tbs.seoul.kr/eFm/newsView.do?idx_800=2332553&typ_800=J South Korean stocks ended higher today, helped by a surge in Hyundai Motor following its executive reshuffle. The benchmark KOSPI rose 1.4 percent to close at 2,083, also boosted by hopes for a U.S.-China trade deal. Other Asian markets also finished higher. Tokyo ended up 2.2 percent, Hong Kong rose 1.6 percent while Shanghai gained 0.3 percent. The local currency closed at 1,129 won against the U.S. dollar, up 2 won from the previous session's close.■ Hyeryeon Chung 201812121736+0900 Two Koreas Verify DMZ Guard Post Pullout http://tbs.seoul.kr/eFm/newsView.do?idx_800=2332552&typ_800=U [Anchor] South and North Korea have carried out work to verify the disarmament and demolition of frontline guard posts on each side of the Demilitarized Zone. Last month, the two Koreas destroyed 10 frontline guard posts while leaving one each for non-military purposes as a follow-up to a military agreement reached in Pyongyang in September. Our Hanna Choi reports. [Reporter] The South Korean side sent 11 teams across the Military Demarcation Line for the task in the morning. In the afternoon, the North also sent its teams across the border to conduct its own verification work on the southern side. The two sides checked to see whether the guard posts were completely destroyed so that they cannot be used for military purposes again. That means the removal of weapons, equipment, soldiers as well as the burying of underground facilities. It was the first time since the armistice agreement that ended the Korean War that officials have visited guard posts on either side. Seoul's defense ministry noted the peaceful crossing of the Military Demarcation Line represents the two Koreas' will to implement the deal reached in September to ease tensions along the border. It said their ultimate goal is to take down all of the guard posts and transform the buffer zone into a peace zone. Hanna Choi, eFM News.■ Hanna Choi 201812121736+0900 Ruling Party Agrees To Discuss Electoral Reform With Opposition http://tbs.seoul.kr/eFm/newsView.do?idx_800=2332530&typ_800=N The ruling Democratic Party has agreed to join in discussions with the opposition blocs on overhauling the country's electoral system. Following the party's Supreme Council meeting earlier today, DP Secretary-General Yun Ho-jung said it agrees in principle with the minor parties' reform proposals. The chiefs of two opposition parties are on hunger strike, demanding the two main parties join in talks to introduce a mixed-member proportional representation system, in which parliamentary seats are allotted based on voters' support for each party. Yun said the ruling party will try to reach an agreement on the reforms in January and pass a related bill at an extraordinary session in February.■ Julie Sohn 201812121736+0900 Kang Calls On Japan To Be Prudent About Seoul Court Ruling On Forced Labor http://tbs.seoul.kr/eFm/newsView.do?idx_800=2332549&typ_800=N Foreign Minister Kang Kyung-wha and her Japanese counterpart Taro Kono have exchanged views on the recent South Korean Supreme Court's ruling on Japan's wartime atrocity. During a phone conversation this morning, Kang urged Kono to take on a cautious stance in light of bilateral relations. In two separate rulings in October and November, Seoul's top court ordered two Japanese companies to pay compensation to Korean victims, rejecting Japan's claims that the rulings go against the 1965 bilateral pact that settled colonial issues. The ministry, however, said the two top diplomats shared the view on the need to continuously engage in close communication.■ Jenny Hur 201812121736+0900 Hyundai Motor Names First Foreign Head of R&D Division http://tbs.seoul.kr/eFm/newsView.do?idx_800=2332534&typ_800=J Hyundai Motor has appointed President Albert Biermann as its first foreign head of research and development as part of a sweeping personnel reshuffle. The move is widely seen as part of preparations for a generational shift at top of the auto group from its Chairman Chung Mong-koo to his son Eui-sun. In January, Hyundai promoted Biermann to the post of president in a move to underscore its focus on developing high-end vehicles. He has been in charge of the development of top-of-the-line vehicles at Hyundai and its affiliate Kia Motors. The former BMW performance car developer joined Hyundai in 2015.■ Hyeryeon Chung 201812121558+0900 Alcohol Addiction Among Youths Doubles In 7 Years: Research http://tbs.seoul.kr/eFm/newsView.do?idx_800=2332522&typ_800=P The number of young people diagnosed with alcohol addiction doubled to nearly 2,000 last year from seven years earlier. A National Assembly Research Service report found the drinking rate among young people is declining, but the severity of the problem is still heavy, with one in two of them drinking to dangerous levels. The report attributed the worsening situation to their easy access to alcohol and called for tougher punishment for minors purchasing alcoholic beverages.■ Soa Kwon 201812121519+0900 Ruling Party Decides Not To Punish Gyeonggi Governor Over Indictment http://tbs.seoul.kr/eFm/newsView.do?idx_800=2332519&typ_800=N The ruling Democratic Party says it will not take any separate disciplinary action against Gyeonggi Province Governor Lee Jae-myung for his indictment on charges of violating the election law. The decision came at its leadership council meeting presided over by party chief Lee Hae-chan this morning. The governor posted a message on his Facebook earlier in the day that he will resign from all current posts in the party but maintain his party affiliation. He was indicted by prosecutors without physical detention yesterday on three charges, including abuse of power and violation of election laws.■ Hyeryeon Chung 201812121458+0900 US Archbishop To Visit Seoul To Discuss Inter-Korean Peace http://tbs.seoul.kr/eFm/newsView.do?idx_800=2332516&typ_800=N A U.S. archbishop plans to visit the country next week to help his South Korean counterparts' efforts to build peace with North Korea. The Catholic Bishops' Conference of Korea said today that Archbishop Timothy P. Broglio is set to make a solo trip from December 18th through 21st. While in Seoul, the archbishop is scheduled to attend a meeting on North Korean issues to discuss human rights and diplomacy between the two Koreas and United States. He also plans to hold separate talks with Archbishop Kim Hee-joong and Cardinal Yeom Soo-jung to discuss peace efforts with the North.■ Hanna Choi 201812121446+0900 Number Of Babies Born Daily in Seoul Falls Below 200 For First Time http://tbs.seoul.kr/eFm/newsView.do?idx_800=2332512&typ_800=P Latest data shows the country's capital city will likely soon become an aged society. According to the Seoul Statistics Annuals, 179 babies were born a day on average last year, marking the first time for the figure to slip below 200 since the city government began compiling data in 1961. A city official said the continued decline in marriages and the hardship of young couples in getting jobs likely have had an impact on the drop in newborns. The data also showed that the number of elderly people, aged 65 or older, increased 4.9 percent to 1.36 million last year, accounting for 13.5 percent of Seoul's total population. The United Nations defines a country as an aged society when the proportion of the elderly exceeds 14 percent.■ Jenny Hur 201812121422+0900 Defense Ministry Holds Ceremony Enshrining Korean War Remains http://tbs.seoul.kr/eFm/newsView.do?idx_800=2332507&typ_800=N The defense ministry has held a ceremony to enshrine over 300 sets of the country's Korean War troop remains. Some 365 sets of war remains were laid to rest during the ceremony held at the Seoul National Cemetery earlier today. The remains include 12 sets recently retrieved in the Demilitarized Zone during preparatory work for next year's inter-Korean excavation project. The number of fallen South Korean troops whose remains have yet to be recovered stands at around 123,000.■ Hanna Choi 201812121401+0900 BTS 'Love Yourself: Answer' Makes Billboard Chart For 15th Week http://tbs.seoul.kr/eFm/newsView.do?idx_800=2332506&typ_800=I K-pop boy band BTS' latest album "Love Yourself: Answer" has retained its popularity on the main weekly Billboard album chart, extending its winning streak to a 15th week. For the week of December 15th, the album ranked 84th on Billboard 200 of the most popular 200 albums, after landing atop the competitive list in early September. BTS has also claimed the top spot of the Billboard Social 50 chart for the 74th consecutive week, the longest such run in the chart's history.■ Claudia Kim 201812121339+0900 US Redesignates N. Korea As Religious Freedom Violator http://tbs.seoul.kr/eFm/newsView.do?idx_800=2332424&typ_800=U The United States has again designated North Korea as a violator of religious freedom, further subjecting the regime to sanctions from Washington. North Korea has been on the annual blacklist since 2001. According to U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo on Tuesday, North Korea is among ten countries of particular concern for engaging in or tolerating "systematic, ongoing and egregious violations of religious freedom." Other countries include China, Iran and Pakistan. The move adds to pressure on Pyongyang, with the U.S. imposing sanctions on three top North Korean officials a day earlier over their alleged human rights abuses and censorship.■ Claudia Kim 201812121202+0900 Two Koreas Begin DMZ Guard Post Removal Verification Work http://tbs.seoul.kr/eFm/newsView.do?idx_800=2332489&typ_800=U [Anchor] South and North Korea have begun work to verify the disarmament and demolition of frontline guard posts on each side of the Demilitarized Zone. Last month, the two Koreas destroyed 10 frontline guard posts while leaving one each for non-military purposes as a follow-up to a military agreement reached in Pyongyang in September. Ron Chang reports. [Reporter] The South Korean side was inspecting the disarmament and demolition of North Korean guard posts this morning. The North is scheduled to conduct its own verification work on the southern side this afternoon. The two sides are checking to see whether the guard posts are completely destroyed so that they cannot be used for military purposes again. That means the removal of weapons, equipment, soldiers as well as the burying of underground facilities. It's the first time since the armistice agreement that ended the Korean War that officials have visited guard posts on either side. Seoul's defense ministry noted the peaceful crossing of the Military Demarcation Line represents the two Koreas' will to implement the deal reached in September to ease tensions along the border. The ministry said it will brief reporters once verification work is complete. Ron Chang, eFM News.■ Ron Chang 201812121142+0900 China Decides To Lower Tariffs On US Autos: WSJ http://tbs.seoul.kr/eFm/newsView.do?idx_800=2332484&typ_800=M China has reportedly decided to lower tariffs on American cars from 40 percent to 15 percent. According to the Wall Street Journal on Tuesday, Chinese Vice Premier Liu He informed U.S. Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin and U.S. Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer of the decision to reduce the tariffs in a phone call. Following Monday night's call, President Donald Trump tweeted "very productive conversations going on with China, watch for some important announcements," hinting at a breakthrough in the prolonged trade spat between Washington and Beijing. Meanwhile, the WSJ said it is unclear when the reductions will be implemented. In July, China reduced tariffs on imported cars from 25 percent to 15 percent, with the exception of the United States which they hiked to 40 percent.■ Claudia Kim 201812121142+0900