tbs eFM 101.3 News http://tbs.seoul.kr/eFm/newsMain.do Leaders Of Two Koreas To Hold Second Round Of Talks In Pyongyang http://tbs.seoul.kr/eFm/newsView.do?idx_800=2319971&typ_800=U South Korean President Moon Jae-in and North Korean leader Kim Jong-un are set to meet again today for more talks, largely aimed at finding ways to further improve inter-Korean relations and resume the North's denuclearization negotiations with the United States. Officials from Cheong Wa Dae said the two leaders may hold a joint press conference afterwards, depending on the outcome of their summit. Moon is expected to attend a farewell dinner later in the day, which could possibly be hosted by Kim. The president is scheduled to return to Seoul early Thursday but his departure may be delayed so he can take part in a friendship event with the North's leader, again, depending on the results of the meeting.■ Claudia Kim 201809190821+0900 Moon, Kim Vow Efforts For Peace At Official Dinner http://tbs.seoul.kr/eFm/newsView.do?idx_800=2319974&typ_800=U South Korean President Moon Jae-in and North Korean leader Kim Jong-un have vowed to continue joint efforts for peace and co-prosperity despite challenges and potential troubles down the road. At a banquet dinner held at Mokrangwan, after his first day of summit talks with Kim in Pyongyang on Tuesday, Moon said the complete denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula and the establishment of peace are key agenda items. Adding that he and Kim "have trust and friendship," Moon said they will be able to "create a future nobody has experienced." Kim said he and Moon will discuss various issues related to following up on the Panmunjom Declaration in a "frank and open-minded manner," adding that his personal trust with Moon would quicken their steps toward a peaceful and prosperous Korea. Ahead of the banquet, the two leaders watched a performance of the North's Samjiyon Orchestra together with their wives.■ Jenny Hur 201809190818+0900 US Hopes For Verifiable Steps Toward N. Korea's Denuclearization http://tbs.seoul.kr/eFm/newsView.do?idx_800=2319970&typ_800=U The United States says it hopes to see meaningful and verifiable steps toward the denuclearization of North Korea through this week's meeting between the leaders of the two Koreas. U.S. State Department spokeswoman Heather Nauert said in a regular press briefing Tuesday that the ongoing summit between South Korean President Moon Jae-in and North Korean leader Kim Jong-un is a historic opportunity for the North Korean leader to follow through on his denuclearization commitments. Nauert referred to the commitments Kim made to U.S. President Donald Trump at the Singapore summit in June, as well as the ones he made in Panmunjom in April. This latest Moon-Kim meeting is being closely watched for any firm commitments from the North that could break the current impasse in denuclearization negotiations with the U.S.■ Jenny Hur 201809190814+0900 US Stocks Finish Higher Despite US-China Trade http://tbs.seoul.kr/eFm/newsView.do?idx_800=2319973&typ_800=M Stocks on Wall Street finished solidly higher overnight as investors viewed the latest escalation of the U.S.-China trade war as less consequential than feared. At closing bell on Tuesday, the tech-rich Nasdaq advanced 0.8 percent, the Dow Jones gained 0.7 percent, while the S&P 500 rose 0.5 percent. Over in Europe, London's FTSE slipped less than 0.1 percent, shares in Frankfurt added 0.5 percent, while Paris picked up 0.3 percent.■ Claudia Kim 201809190753+0900 Weather Update 700 http://tbs.seoul.kr/eFm/newsView.do?idx_800=2319972&typ_800=Z Taking a look at the weather, it's mostly gray skies on this Wednesday morning. Expect heavy clouds throughout the day. Showers are forecast to hit the southern regions late tonight and will spread north, reaching the central region, which will only get between 5 to 20 millimeters of precipitation. In Pyongyang, where the inter-Korean summit continues, conditions are looking relatively clear. Local temperatures will peak in the mid 20s. As for the current reading in central Seoul, it is _____ degrees Celsius or _____ degrees Fahrenheit.■ Rosyn Park 201809190753+0900 First Ladies, Civilian Entourage Hold Meetings On Sidelines Of Moon-Kim Summit http://tbs.seoul.kr/eFm/newsView.do?idx_800=2319937&typ_800=U [Anchor] The first ladies of the two Koreas have spent some time together on the sidelines of the Moon-Kim summit in Pyongyang. South Korea's civilian delegation also held a series of meetings with North Korean officials. Jeong-eun Lee reports. [Reporter] This morning, North Korean First Lady Ri Sol-ju accompanied leader Kim Jong-un to a ceremony to welcome President Moon Jae-in and his wife, Kim Jung-sook. Ri is reported to have accompanied First Lady Kim during her visit to Okryu children's hospital. The two first ladies, both of whom reportedly majored in vocal music, also visited the Kim Won-gyun Conservatory, the country's top music college, with K-pop singer Ailee and rapper Zico. Meanwhile, Samsung heir Lee Jae-yong and other business leaders met with the North's deputy prime minister Ri Ryong-nam, who is in charge of economic affairs. Cheong Wa Dae said that they could discuss opportunities for future economic cooperation but would stop short of signing any concrete contracts. The presidential office said the 52-member civilian entourage would help promote civil exchanges and engagement with younger Koreans. Jeong-eun Lee, eFM News.■ Jeongeun Lee 201809181915+0900 S. Korean MERS Patient Recovers From Deadly Disease http://tbs.seoul.kr/eFm/newsView.do?idx_800=2319910&typ_800=P A South Korean man who was diagnosed with Middle East Respiratory Syndrome earlier this month has recovered from the viral disease. The health ministry announced today that the 61-year-old man was cured ten days after he tested positive for MERS after returning from a business trip to Kuwait, sparking a health scare. He was kept at a state-designated hospital ward for isolated treatment. Health authorities have put hundreds of people, including more than 100 foreigners who were on the same plane as the man, under surveillance. There have been no additional MERS cases so far, although more than 20 people came into close contact with the patient. Prime Minister Lee Nak-yon announced in a Facebook post this afternoon that if no additional problems arise, authorities will effectively declare an end to MERS at 12 a.m. early Saturday morning. Lee said once an end to MERS is declared, all those who came into close contact with the man will be released from quarantine.■ Ron Chang 201809181757+0900 Moon, Kim Hold First Round Of Pyongyang Summit Talks http://tbs.seoul.kr/eFm/newsView.do?idx_800=2319936&typ_800=U [Anchor] President Moon Jae-in and North Korean leader Kim Jong-un sat down for their first round of summit talks in Pyongyang this afternoon. It is widely expected that the talks focused on three key issues - improving inter-Korean relations, promoting denuclearization talks between the North and the U.S. and easing military tensions between the two Koreas. Julie Sohn reports. [Reporter] The third Moon-Kim summit began at 3:45 p.m. at the headquarters of the Central Committee of the Workers' Party of Korea, 15 minutes later than previously scheduled. It marked the first time the North Korean leader had hosted any foreign leader at the office of the Workers' Party. According to Cheong Wa Dae, Moon's top security adviser Chung Eui-yong and National Intelligence Service Director Suh Hoon also attended the meeting, while on the North Korean side sat senior official of the Workers' Party Kim Yong-chol and the North Korean leader's younger sister, Kim Yo-jong. Moon had said earlier that his goal was to break a deadlock in denuclearization talks between the U.S. and North Korea. Also on the agenda are further reduction of military tension between the two Koreas and improvement in their bilateral relations, which President Moon says will help promote and even accelerate the North's denuclearization process. He and Kim will meet again early tomorrow for a second round of talks. Depending on the outcome of their talks, the two leaders may hold a joint press briefing in Pyongyang to announce the outcome of their summit. From the press center in Dongdaemun Design Plaza, Julie Sohn, eFM News.■ Julie Sohn 201809181748+0900 Korean Stocks End Higher On Hopes For China's Stimulus Plans http://tbs.seoul.kr/eFm/newsView.do?idx_800=2319931&typ_800=J Korean stocks closed higher today as hopes for China's stimulus plans partly eclipsed concerns over escalating global trade disputes. The benchmark KOSPI added 0.3 percent to 2,309. Elsewhere in Asia, Tokyo was up 1 percent, Hong Kong rose 0.5 percent while Shanghai gained 1.8 percent. The Korean currency closed at 1,123 won against the U.S. dollar, up 3 won from the previous session's close.■ Hyeryeon Chung 201809181700+0900 S. Korean Political Parties Call For Substantial Results From Inter-Korean Summit http://tbs.seoul.kr/eFm/newsView.do?idx_800=2319928&typ_800=N Rival parties have stressed the need for substantial results from the third summit between President Moon Jae-in and North Korean leader Kim Jong-un. Senior Democratic Party spokesman Hong Ik-pyo said significant agreements need to be reached for the development of inter-Korean relations, the denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula and the establishment of a peace regime. Yoon Young-seok, spokesman for the main opposition Liberty Korea Party, said the South Korean people long for the denuclearization of North Korea. Yoon said President Moon should not only use the summit talks to restart negotiations between Washington and Pyongyang but also make progress on ridding the North of its nuclear arsenal. The minor opposition Bareunmirae Party said it sincerely hopes the summit will lead to peace on the peninsula while the Party for Democracy and Peace said it looks forward to a broad agreement. The Justice Party, meanwhile, expressed hope towards Moon and Kim making progress on declaring a formal end to the Korean War.■ Ron Chang 201809181657+0900 Seoul City News: Anguk Subway Station Renovated With Independence Movement Theme http://tbs.seoul.kr/eFm/newsView.do?idx_800=2319924&typ_800=O [Anchor] And now for a look at news and happenings in Seoul this week, Jenny Hur reports. [Reporter] Anguk Station on Seoul's Subway Line 3 has turned into a special place that commemorates Korea's independence movement against Japanese colonial rule ahead of the country's 100th anniversary of the movement next year. The station is located near Bukchon and Insa-dong, the key areas where the March 1st Movement took place back in 1919. Seoul Metro held a ceremony this morning to celebrate the reopening of the newly-themed station, with citizens and descendants of independence activists in attendance. Subway passengers and visitors to the station can learn about the history of the independence movement through an exhibition as well as find out more about the achievements and quotations from renowned activists displayed on the platform screen doors. ---- The Seoul Metropolitan Government will introduce urban beekeeping at the upcoming slow food festival to be held in the Italian city of Turin. Terra Madre Salone del Gusto will be held from September 20th to 24th, bringing together 7,000 farmers and food artisans and 900 exhibitors from 143 countries. Seoul city will introduce its urban beekeeping practices in a forum on the 22nd. The city began such activity in May 2012 with five urban beehives placed at Seoul City Hall's Seosomun Annex Building -- it has grown rapidly since then, with 285 beehives now found across the capital. The amount of honey the city produced so far this year is about 2,370 liters worth some 150 million won. Jenny Hur, eFM News.■ Jenny Hur 201809181645+0900 First Round Of Inter-Korean Summit To Start Shortly http://tbs.seoul.kr/eFm/newsView.do?idx_800=2319893&typ_800=U [Anchor] President Moon Jae-in and North Korean leader Kim Jong-un are set to begin their first round of summit talks in Pyongyang shortly. Although the venue for the summit has yet to be confirmed, the two leaders are expected to discuss ways to improve ties and resume denuclearization talks between the North and the U.S. Julie Sohn reports. [Reporter] The first round of talks between Moon and Kim is set to start at 3:30 p.m. The two leaders will likely focus on ways to improve and develop inter-Korean relations and reduce military tensions on the border. Meanwhile, discussions on ways to bring stalled denuclearization negotiations between Washington and Pyongyang back on track are expected to top the agenda of today's talks. President Moon said before departing Seoul this morning that his trip to the North would be meaningful if it could lead to the resumption of North Korea-U.S. dialogue. He also highlighted the importance of making inter-Korean summits a regular event. The South Korean president arrived at the airport in Pyongyang this morning where he was greeted by leader Kim and his wife Ri Sol-ju. A car parade was held along Pyongyang streets before arriving at the Paekhwawon State Guesthouse, where Moon and his delegation will stay during their three-day visit. From the press center in Dongdaemun Design Plaza, Julie Sohn, eFM News.■ Julie Sohn 201809181642+0900 Full Moon To Be Visible In Seoul On Chuseok Day http://tbs.seoul.kr/eFm/newsView.do?idx_800=2319921&typ_800=P Experts say a full moon will rise over Seoul on Chuseok Day at 6:19 p.m. According to the Korea Astronomy and Space Science Institute, the moon will reach its highest point 10 minutes past midnight, from Monday going into Tuesday. However, astronomy officials added that the moon may not be completely full at this point. Due to the moon's elliptical rotation around the Earth, the exact timing of the full moon could fall before or after the 15th day of the lunar calendar.■ Hanna Choi 201809181633+0900 N. Korea Blames US For Causing Impasse In US-N. Korea Talks http://tbs.seoul.kr/eFm/newsView.do?idx_800=2319917&typ_800=U North Korea has stressed that it is completely up to the United States whether talks between Washington and Pyongyang can move forward. The North's state-run Rodong Sinmun ran a commentary today, urging the U.S. to make a bold decision to get the dialogue back on track. It blamed Washington's demand for Pyongyang to carry out verifiable and irreversible denuclearization for causing the ongoing impasse in U.S.-North Korea talks. It also stressed that the armistice agreement that suspended the Korean War should be replaced with a peace treaty in order to resolve hostile relations between the North and the U.S.■ Jeongeun Lee 201809181625+0900 Chuseok Items More Affordable At Traditional Markets Than Supermarkets: Survey http://tbs.seoul.kr/eFm/newsView.do?idx_800=2319913&typ_800=P Research shows that traditional markets are more affordable than supermarkets when it comes to purchasing ancestral table ingredients for Chuseok. The Small Enterprise and Market Service surveyed 27 items typically placed on ancestral rite tables to find that traditional markets were at least 20 percent less expensive than big supermarkets. Setting up a table with traditional market items costs around 240,000 won, compared to the 300,000 won supermarket bill. However, the agency said prices have risen overall at both traditional markets and mega marts compared to last year.■ Hanna Choi 201809181549+0900