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The following is the first summary of the main stories released by Yonhap News Agency on Tuesday.

Yoon arrives in New York for the UN General Assembly

NEW YORK — South Korean President Yoon Suk-yeol arrived in New York on Monday to attend the United Nations General Assembly and hold a series of sideline summits, including a much-anticipated meeting with Japanese Prime Minister Fumio Kishida.

The visit to New York, the second leg of Yoon’s three-nation tour, follows his attendance at the state funeral of Queen Elizabeth II in London and comes ahead of a summit with Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau in Ottawa.

(Yonhap Interview) Military manpower agency chief calls for fairness and social consensus on whether to recruit BTS members

SEOUL — The head of South Korea’s military manpower agency has stressed the need to consider the principle of “fairness” when dealing with the socially contentious issue of whether BTS members should be recruited or have exemptions from compulsory military service on active duty in the country.

Military Personnel Administration (MMA) commissioner Lee Ki-sik also emphasized “social consensus” on the issue, speaking in an interview with Yonhap News Agency last week.

Prime Minister calls for preparation for potential twin outbreaks of COVID-19 and flu

SEOUL — Prime Minister Han Duck-soo on Tuesday called for thorough preparation to deal with a potential dual outbreak of COVID-19 and influenza, with health authorities warning of the specter of a “dual outbreak”.

The government should “prepare carefully for the possibility of simultaneous outbreaks of influenza and COVID-19,” Han said at a Cabinet meeting.

South Korea’s new COVID-19 cases drop below 50,000 for 4th consecutive day

SEOUL — South Korea’s new COVID-19 cases fell for the fourth consecutive day on Tuesday as part of the country’s efforts to return to pre-pandemic normalcy.

The country reported 47,917 new COVID-19 infections, including 323 from overseas, bringing the total number of cases to 24,461,737, the Korea Disease Control and Prevention Agency (KDCA) said.

Industry chief to travel to US for talks on electric vehicle tax credit and chip bills

SEOUL (Reuters) – South Korea’s Industry Minister Lee Chang-yang traveled to Washington on Tuesday for talks with U.S. officials on ways to minimize impacts on South Korea from new construction projects. US law on tax incentives for electric vehicles and investments in semiconductors, his office said.

The Cut Inflation Act, signed by US President Joe Biden in August, gives up to US$7,500 in tax credits to buyers of electric vehicles assembled only in North America, raising concerns that South Korean automakers are losing ground in the US market as they manufacture electric vehicles. in domestic factories for export to the United States

Foreign tech firms record some 4 tln won in Korean sales in 2021

SEJONG – Sales of Google, Apple and other foreign tech giants in South Korea increased more than sixfold in 2021 from five years earlier to flirt with 4 trillion won ($2.9 billion), according to reports. data released Tuesday.

The combined taxable income of overseas technology companies was 3.98 trillion won last year, 6.5 times the 612.1 trillion won in 2016, according to data from the National Tax Service (NTS).

Yoon awards Medal of Civil Merit to British Korean War veteran

LONDON — South Korean President Yoon Suk-yeol on Monday awarded the Medal of Civilian Merit to a British Korean War veteran, thanking him for his sacrifice and dedication to the defense of peace.

Yoon presented the medal to Victor Swift, who served as a corporal in the Corps of Royal Electrical and Mechanical Engineers during the 1950-53 war, after attending the state funeral of Queen Elizabeth II.

Western art from the “Lee Kun-hee collection” will be exhibited for the first time

SEOUL — Nearly 100 works of art by Western art masters will be on display at a national gallery in Seoul later this week in a follow-up exhibition to donations from late Samsung chairman Lee Kun-hee.

The National Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art of Korea (MMCA) announced on Tuesday that the exhibition titled “MMCA Lee Kun-hee Collection: Monet, Picasso, and the Masters of the Belle Epoque” will run from Wednesday to February 26 from 2019. next year at his Gwacheon Gallery.

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