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The following is the second summary of the main stories released by Yonhap News Agency on Friday.

S. Korea, international seabed agency discuss expanding cooperation

SEOUL – South Korea and the International Seabed Authority (ISA) have discussed expanding cooperation in setting international standards for the management of commercial productions of deep-sea mineral resources, the report said on Friday. Seoul Foreign Ministry.

Park Yong-min, Vice Foreign Minister for Multilateral and Global Affairs, met with ISA Secretary General Michael Lodge a day earlier in Seoul and assessed that there are many areas of cooperation in terms of support for the development of deep sea mineral resources for developing countries.

Main opposition party pledges to work to make safe freight rate system permanent

SEOUL — The main opposition Democratic Party (DP) on Friday pledged to improve working conditions for truckers by making permanent a freight pricing system that guarantees truckers a base salary.

DP leader Park Hong-geun made the remarks during a meeting with members of Cargo Truckers Solidarity, under the wing of the Korean Confederation of Trade Unions, who are currently on a general strike against a phase-out of the system. .

(LEAD) S. Korea, Canada to sign agreement on key minerals supply chains

SEOUL (Reuters) – South Korea and Canada agreed on Friday to accelerate efforts to sign a memorandum of understanding on key minerals in a bid to boost cooperation on supply chains for secondary cells, vehicles electricity and broader industrial fields, said the Seoul Ministry of Industry.

The consensus was reached during a meeting between South Korean Industry Minister Lee Chang-yang and Francois-Philippe Champagne, Canada’s Minister of Innovation and Economic Development, held in Seoul, according to the Ministry of Commerce, Industry and Energy.

Court approves asset freeze of close aide to opposition leader Lee

SEOUL — A Seoul court has approved an asset freeze for one of opposition leader Lee Jae-myung’s two closest aides, who is on trial for receiving illegal political funds, court sources said Friday.

The Seoul Central District Court granted the freezing order on Nov. 11, allowing prosecutors to freeze 600 million won ($453,137) in assets belonging to Kim Yong, a former deputy director of the think tank Institute for Democracy of the Democratic Party, said the judicial sources. .

(LEAD) Truckers’ strike cripples shipments in cement and steel industries

SEOUL – The nationwide truckers’ strike on Friday caused supply disruptions in the cement and steel industries, with other sectors such as autos and petrochemicals feared to be hit hardest if the protest drags on.

Cement factories were unable to ship most of the daily supply of 200,000 tonnes the day before as cement tanker drivers joined the strike, the industry association said on Friday. cement.

‘Squid Game’ actor O Yeong-su charged with alleged sexual misconduct

SEOUL — “Squid Game” actor O Yeong-su has been charged with sexual misconduct, court officials said Friday.

The Seongnam branch of the Suwon District Prosecutor’s Office charged O, 78, without custody on Thursday for an allegation that he improperly touched a woman’s body in mid-2017, officials said.

(LEAD) Two South Korean sailors kidnapped by pirates in West Africa released unharmed: ministry

SEOUL – An oil tanker, with two South Korean sailors and 17 Indonesian sailors on board, was hijacked by pirates in international waters off West Africa earlier this week and then released a day later , according to South Korean Foreign Ministry officials on Friday.

They said sailors aboard a 4,000-ton tanker, B Ocean, owned by South Korean shipping company SK Shipping Co., lost contact around 7 a.m. Thursday (Seoul time) in the waters. 200 nautical miles south of Abidjan, Côte d’Ivoire. The two South Koreans were the ship’s captain and engineer.

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