tbs eFM 101.3 News http://tbs.seoul.kr/eFm/newsMain.do Weather Update 0700 http://tbs.seoul.kr/eFm/newsView.do?idx_800=2306491&typ_800=Z Taking a look at the weather, the capital is waking up to hazy skies this Wednesday morning. Expect mostly sunny skies nationwide with light clouds passing clouds. Temperatures will rise above seasonal norms this afternoon. The local mercury will peak at around 29 degrees. Take precautions against strong UV rays when outdoors. Areas in the central region may also be affected by high levels of fine dust. As for the current reading in central Seoul, it is _____ degrees Celsius or _____ degrees in Fahrenheit.■ Jeongeun Lee 201806200643+0900 S. Korea Expects Kim Jong-Un's China Visit To Facilitate Denuclearization http://tbs.seoul.kr/eFm/newsView.do?idx_800=2306457&typ_800=U Seoul's foreign ministry has expressed hope that North Korean leader Kim Jong-un's two-day trip to China will help facilitate Pyongyang's denuclearization process. Ministry spokesman Noh Kyu-duk said at a press briefing that the government expects China to play a constructive role in resolving the issue. He added that Seoul and Beijing share the strategic goal of complete denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula.■ Liyah Kim 201806191755+0900 Seoul Mayor Vows To Promote Exchanges With Pyongyang http://tbs.seoul.kr/eFm/newsView.do?idx_800=2306448&typ_800=O Seoul Mayor Park Won-soon has vowed to promote exchanges with Pyongyang in his third term as the capital's chief administrator. In an interview with tbs TV, Park also pledged to improve childcare assistance program and to alleviate financial burdens on business owners by cutting credit card fees. He also laid out plans to establish a consultative body with Incheon city mayor and Gyeonggi Province governor to tackle the fine dust problems in the capital region. Park won around 53 percent of the votes in last week's local elections, becoming the longest-serving mayor of the city.■ Jeongeun Lee 201806191738+0900 Japan Orders Inspection Of School Walls After Osaka Quake http://tbs.seoul.kr/eFm/newsView.do?idx_800=2306445&typ_800=M Japan has ordered an inspection of schools across the country after two of the four deaths in yesterday's earthquake in Osaka were caused by falling concrete walls. The death of a 9-year-old girl just outside her school prompted Tokyo's education ministry to order all public schools nationwide to inspect their walls. An elderly man also was killed by a collapsing wall. Authorities said the 6.1-magnitude temblor damaged many buildings and disrupted traffic. Many homes were without clean water or gas Tuesday.■ Ron Chang 201806191730+0900 Govt Hints At Possible Meeting Between Foreign Ministers Of Two Koreas, US http://tbs.seoul.kr/eFm/newsView.do?idx_800=2306444&typ_800=M The government has hinted at the possibility of a trilateral meeting between the foreign ministers of the two Koreas and the U.S. during the ASEAN Regional Forum in Singapore in August. Foreign ministry spokesman Noh Kyu-duk told reporters that Seoul will make efforts to expand communication with Washington and Pyongyang in light of the forum. If realized, the three parties will likely discuss formally ending the Korean War, one of the agreements reached during the April inter-Korean summit.■ Ron Chang 201806191726+0900 Korean Stocks Hit 9-Month Low On New Trump Tariff Threat http://tbs.seoul.kr/eFm/newsView.do?idx_800=2306443&typ_800=J Korean stocks tumbled for the fifth consecutive session today as foreign investors dumped large-cap shares after U.S. President Donald Trump threatened to impose additional tariffs on Chinese goods. The benchmark KOSPI fell 1.5 percent to finish at 2,340. Elsewhere in Asia, Tokyo retreated 0.9 percent, Hong Kong dropped 2.8 percent, while Shanghai plunged 3.8 percent. The Korean currency closed at 1,109 won against the U.S. dollar, down 4.3 won from the previous session's close.■ Jeongeun Lee 201806191723+0900 Explosion On Navy Vessel Kills At Least One Sailor http://tbs.seoul.kr/eFm/newsView.do?idx_800=2306420&typ_800=P An explosion on a South Korean Navy frigate has left at least one person dead. According to Navy headquarters, the accident occurred at around 12:30 p.m. on the 1,500-ton Masan ship off the coast of Tongyeong, South Gyeongsang Province. A 21-year-old non-commissioned officer that was seriously injured was taken to a nearby hospital but later died. Authorities presume ammunition exploded while the petty officer was disassembling it to prepare for a firearms training.■ Jenny Hur 201806191723+0900 Golfer Ryu So-Yeon Moves Up In World Rankings http://tbs.seoul.kr/eFm/newsView.do?idx_800=2306441&typ_800=Q Golfer Ryu So-yeon has moved up by one notch in women's world rankings following her latest LPGA victory. Ryu traded places with fellow South Korean Park Sung-hyun to reach No. 5 in the newest rankings announced Tuesday. Ryu won the Meijer LPGA Classic on Sunday, her sixth career title.■ Ron Chang 201806191722+0900 N. Korea's Kim Makes Two-Day Visit To China Following Trump Summit http://tbs.seoul.kr/eFm/newsView.do?idx_800=2306440&typ_800=U [Anchor] North Korean leader Kim Jong-un is making a two-day visit to China, a week after his unprecedented summit with U.S. President Donald Trump. The trip is Kim's third to China since March, when he made his inaugural foreign trip as leader. Meeyeon Ahn has more details. [Reporter] The Chinese government has confirmed Kim's ongoing trip to the country, a highly unusual announcement made before Kim's return to Pyongyang. In a press briefing, Foreign Ministry spokesperson Geng Shuang said Kim is making a two-day visit to Beijing through Wednesday. Earlier today, dozens of security vans, police cars and armored vehicles lined streets around Beijing's Diaoyutai State Guesthouse, where Kim had stayed in his previous visit. The North Korean leader is believed to have landed in Beijing this morning, and was expected to head to the Great Hall of the People to meet with Chinese President Xi Jinping this afternoon. In addition to discussing last week's summit, Kim is expected to ask China to help him in efforts to seek relief from economic sanctions in return for his commitment to complete denuclearization. Following the June 12th summit in Singapore, China already suggested sanctions against Pyongyang could be eased. Meeyeon Ahn, eFM News.■ Meeyeon Ahn 201806191721+0900 S. Korea, US Suspend Annual Ulchi Freedom Guardian Exercise (Update) http://tbs.seoul.kr/eFm/newsView.do?idx_800=2306439&typ_800=N [Anchor] South Korea and the United States have decided to suspend the Ulchi Freedom Guardian joint exercise slated for August. Meanwhile, Cheong Wa Dae says it could consider suspending Seoul's Ulchi exercise as well. Liyah Kim has more. [Reporter] Seoul's defense ministry announced this morning that the large-scale joint drills would be suspended, which was later confirmed by the Pentagon. But, they said no decisions have been made regarding other major drills such as the Key Resolve and Foal Eagle, which took place earlier this spring. The move is in line with U.S. President Donald Trump's offer, after his historic summit with North Korean leader Kim Jong-un, to halt what he described as "expensive and provocative" war games. The White House said that as long as North Korea continues to act in good faith, the combined exercises are expected to be "on pause." This marks the first time in 28 years the allies have suspended the UFG exercise since the U.S. took part in the Gulf War in 1990. Following the announcement, presidential spokesman Kim Eui-kyeom also left the possibility open that South Korea could suspend its own Ulchi exercise. Kim said nothing has been decided yet and discussions are still ongoing. The Ulchi readiness exercise was launched in the wake of a North Korean infiltration of South Korea's presidential office in 1968. Liyah Kim, eFM News.■ Liyah Kim 201806191718+0900 Mattis Set To Visit Seoul In Late June: Asahi Shimbun http://tbs.seoul.kr/eFm/newsView.do?idx_800=2306414&typ_800=M Pentagon chief James Mattis plans to visit South Korea at the end of June and meet with Defense Minister Song Young-moo, according to the Asahi Shimbun. Citing multiple Seoul and Washington sources, the Japanese daily reported today that Mattis will announce more details on future joint drills with South Korea during his visit. Mattis will reportedly also visit China later this month.■ Ron Chang 201806191630+0900 [Seoul City News] Fire, Police Agencies Conduct Joint Drills http://tbs.seoul.kr/eFm/newsView.do?idx_800=2306417&typ_800=O [Anchor] And now for a look at news and happenings in Seoul this week, Meeyeon Ahn reports. [Reporter] The Seoul Metropolitan Government together with local fire and police authorities are conducting joint fire drills at the Namsan 1st Tunnel and Bukak Tunnel today and tomorrow. The first round of drills was held at the Namsan tunnel this morning with traffic restrictions place in southbound lanes. On Wednesday, joint drills will continue at the Bukak Tunnel from 2:30 p.m. to 3 p.m. Due to the drills, one westbound lane will be closed off. More than 70 firefighters and police officers as well as 15 fire engines are involved in the two-day drills. ---- American pop icon Bob Dylan will throw a concert in Seoul next month. According to organizer Papas E&M, the 77-year-old singer-songwriter is set to put on his first show in South Korea in eight years. The concert will be held on July 27 at the Gymnastics Arena in Olympic Park in southern Seoul. After his performance, he will fly to Japan to perform for the annual Fuji Rock Festival then go on an arena tour hitting Taiwan, Hong Kong, Singapore and Australia. Meeyeon Ahn, eFM News.■ Meeyeon Ahn 201806191530+0900 Cheong Wa Dae, Govt, Ruling Party To Discuss Recent Summits Tuesday http://tbs.seoul.kr/eFm/newsView.do?idx_800=2306416&typ_800=N Cheong Wa Dae, the government and the Democratic Party will meet at the National Assembly tomorrow morning to discuss follow-up measures to the inter-Korean summit in April and last week's historic U.S.-North Korea meeting. Ruling party leadership, including party chief Choo Mi-ae and secretary-general Lee Choon-suak, will attend the meeting while the government will be represented by Prime Minister Lee Nak-yon and the heads of the finance, foreign affairs, and unification ministries, among others. Cheong Wa Dae will send presidential policy chief Jang Ha-sung, National Security Advisor Chung Eui-yong and others to the meeting.■ Ron Chang 201806191526+0900 US Cigarette Smoking Reaches Lowest Level Ever: CDC http://tbs.seoul.kr/eFm/newsView.do?idx_800=2306415&typ_800=M Cigarette smoking has reached a new low in the United States, according to a government report released Tuesday. The findings by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's National Center for Health Statistics show that just 13.9 percent of the U.S. population smokes cigarettes, the lowest level ever recorded. The findings refer to adult cigarette smokers in 2017. A half century ago, more than 40 percent of adults smoked in the U.S. Experts say decades of health warnings have boosted public awareness that the addictive habit can cause lung and many other cancers. But, the latest CDC report shows that large disparities remain, with people living in rural areas still far more likely to smoke than city-dwellers.■ Ron Chang 201806191526+0900 Rescue Team To Conduct Additional Search Inside Sewol Ferry http://tbs.seoul.kr/eFm/newsView.do?idx_800=2306413&typ_800=P A joint rescue team will begin a two-month long search inside the salvaged Sewol ferry in a last-ditch effort to find the remains of five victims still missing. The Sewol investigation commission said it will set up bracing structures inside the ship by Friday and begin the search on June 25th. The commission said the search will be conducted mainly on an auxiliary engine room and the vessel's port side. The 6,800-ton vessel was set in an upright position last month. Once the search operation is completed, the commission will collect public opinions on what to do with the ship.■ Julie Sohn 201806191524+0900