tbs eFM 101.3 News http://tbs.seoul.kr/eFm/newsMain.do Korea's Labor Market Improving: Vice Chairman Of Presidential Jobs Committee http://tbs.seoul.kr/eFm/newsView.do?idx_800=2377690&typ_800=J The vice chairman of the Presidential Committee on Job Creation says the country's labor market is improving, citing recent economic indicators. In an interview with the tbs News Department, Lee Mok-hee highlighted the government's performance in job creation, saying the number of new jobs surpassed 300,000 for three consecutive months with employment rate on a steady rise. He, however, pointed out that jobs are shrinking for the prime working age of 40s and the manufacturing sector. [clip - Lee] "The working population in their 40s is continuously decreasing. Also, the manufacturing sector for cars and shipbuilding has undergone restructuring, in which the active working population is those in their 40s." Lee then said the government will continue to push with its income-led growth policy, which he said has not been a failure. The vice chairman, meanwhile, gave a gloomy outlook for next year in terms of labor and job situation. [clip - Lee] "The government is doing everything it can to maintain the labor market, but there is a possibility that the situation could worsen in the middle or the latter half of next year."■ <Photo: tbs> Julie Sohn 201912091814+0900 Preventative Fine Dust Reduction Measures To Be In Effect In Capital Region Tomorrow http://tbs.seoul.kr/eFm/newsView.do?idx_800=2377688&typ_800=P Preventative fine dust reduction measures will take effect in the capital region and North Chungcheong Province tomorrow as air quality is expected to be affected by unhealthy levels of ultra-fine dust. The measure covers Seoul, Incheon and the entire Gyeonggi Province as well as Chungcheong Province from 6 a.m. to 9 p.m. Emergency measures take effect by ministries and regional governments for the next day when the concentration level of ultra-fine particles is forecast to exceed 50 micrograms per cubic meter. On Wednesday, more bad air quality is expected in Incheon and parts of Gyeonggi as westerly winds bring dust from China, elevating the concentration of pollutants in the air. Health authorities are advising people to wear protective masks when outdoors while young children, the elderly and those with respiratory problems should remain indoors if possible. Meanwhile, mild temperatures are forecast tomorrow with a chance of rain or snow in the capital region and Gangwon Province.■ <Photo: Yonhap News> Hyeryeon Chung 201912091747+0900 Parties Agree To Pass Next Year's Budget At Plenary Session Tuesday http://tbs.seoul.kr/eFm/newsView.do?idx_800=2377674&typ_800=N Political parties have agreed to open a plenary session tomorrow morning to handle the government's budget bill for next year. Newly-elected floor leader of the main opposition Liberty Korea Party Shim Jae-chul made the announcement this afternoon while briefing reporters on the results of talks with his counterparts from the ruling Democratic Party and minor opposition Bareunmirae Party. Shim said they decided to put on hold the passage of contentious fast-tracked bills on judicial and electoral reform. He also said the LKP will withdraw its earlier plan to stage a filibuster to delay voting on bills it opposes. A slew of other pressing legislation related to people's livelihoods are to be voted on during the plenary session.■ <Photo: Yonhap News> Julie Sohn 201912091552+0900 Govt To Soon Start Providing Emergency Mobile Alerts In English, Chinese http://tbs.seoul.kr/eFm/newsView.do?idx_800=2377672&typ_800=P The government says it will start to provide later this month emergency mobile alerts on severe weather conditions and disasters in English and Chinese. According to the Ministry of Interior and Safety, the alerts will first be sent to the state-run Korea Tourism Organization, which will then provide translations of the messages. They will be sent out as push alerts to people who have downloaded the ministry's Emergency Ready app. The ministry has been providing safety information via the app since 2014, but some of the automated translations were reported to have errors in them. The ministry said urgent messages, such as those for earthquakes and floods, will continue to be provided through automated translations. <Photo: Yonhap News> Ron Chang 201912091548+0900 'Parasite' Named Best Film By LA Film Critics http://tbs.seoul.kr/eFm/newsView.do?idx_800=2377671&typ_800=I South Korean blockbuster "Parasite" has been awarded three prizes by the Los Angeles Film Critics Association. The organization announced Monday that it chose "Parasite" for Best Picture for its annual awards. The Best Director award went to filmmaker Bong Joon-ho while the main star of the movie, Song Kang-ho, captured the honor of Best Supporting Actor. "Parasite" also earned runner-up nods for Best Production Design and Best Screenplay. Last week, the movie received the Best Foreign Language Film award from the New York-based National Board of Review of Motion Pictures. It's a sign of what's to come during a series of film awards shows early next year, including the Academy Awards in February.■ <Photo: Yonhap News> Jenna Lee 201912091545+0900 Disney's 'Frozen 2' Becomes Most-Viewed Animation In S. Korea http://tbs.seoul.kr/eFm/newsView.do?idx_800=2377669&typ_800=I Disney's "Frozen 2" is now the most successful animated film to hit South Korean screens. According to data by the Korean Film Council, the movie attracted a total of 10.7 million moviegoers as of Sunday, outdoing the previous record of 10.3 million viewers set by its prequel "Frozen" in 2014. "Kung Fu Panda 2" ranks third with 5.06 million tickets sold. "Frozen 2" has also taken over box offices in 33 countries, with an estimated 920 million dollars in ticket sales worldwide as of Sunday. The movie tells the story of a journey beyond the kingdom of Arendelle three years after the events of the first film.■ <Photo: Yonhap News> Jenna Lee 201912091542+0900 Seoul Working With US To Analyze N. Korea's 'Very Important Test' http://tbs.seoul.kr/eFm/newsView.do?idx_800=2377665&typ_800=N The defense ministry says South Korea is closely working with the U.S. to analyze a "very important test" that North Korea claimed to have conducted over the weekend. Pyongyang announced Sunday that it successfully carried out the test at its Sohae Satellite Launching Ground, also known as the Dongchang-ri site, the previous day. The North reportedly rebuilt the site after partially dismantling it at the start of denuclearization talks with Washington last year. Ministry spokeswoman Choi Hyun-soo told reporters this morning that Seoul and Washington are keeping tabs on movements at major sites in the North. She, however, refused to make public the ministry's initial assessment of the test.■ <Photo: Yonhap News> Ron Chang 201912091535+0900 Esper: US Always Open To Talks With N. Korea http://tbs.seoul.kr/eFm/newsView.do?idx_800=2377662&typ_800=M Pentagon chief Mark Esper says the United States is always open to talks with North Korea. Esper made the remark during an interview with Fox News aired Sunday and comes as there has growing concern that the regime could restart testing of long-range missiles or nuclear weapons amid denuclearization stalled talks with Washington. The defense secretary said the U.S. wants to sit down and have negotiations, adding it wants to reach the point where Washington has denuclearized Pyongyang. He also said his top priority is to ensure defense readiness, but added "his second task is to enable our diplomats." The interview appears to have been recorded prior to Pyongyang's announcement Sunday that it conducted a "very important test" at the North's Sohae satellite launching station in the country's northwest region. The North didn't say what was tested, but it came just days after news reports that the North has shown signs of preparing for a rocket engine test that could possibly be used in its launch of an intercontinental ballistic missile.■ <Photo: Yonhap News> Hyeryeon Chung 201912091524+0900 Trump Warns Kim Jong-Un Not To 'Void' Their Special Relationship http://tbs.seoul.kr/eFm/newsView.do?idx_800=2377638&typ_800=M [Anchor] U.S. President Donald Trump has warned North Korean leader Kim Jong-un that hostile military acts may put their "special relationship" at risk. This comes amid additional reports of tests conducted by Pyongyang at its Sohae long-range rocket launch site, which it reportedly rebuilt after partially dismantling it at the start of denuclearization talks with Washington last year. Our Christine Min reports. [Reporter] In a pair of tweets on Sunday, U.S. President Trump said North Korean leader Kim could lose "everything" if he acts in a hostile manner, warning the regime to refrain from taking further provocative acts. Trump urged Kim to honor his commitment to denuclearization as promised at their summit in Singapore last year, while advising him not to "void" their special relationship. Trump also wrote that Kim is "too smart" and has far too much to lose. The remarks came after North Korean state media revealed on Sunday that the regime conducted a "very important test" at its western satellite launching site in Dongchan-ri the day prior. The report did not specify what kind of test was performed only that it was successful and would change the "strategic position" of North Korea in the near future. This is being seen by some as Pyongyang trying to put the pressure on Washington to come up with a new proposal on denuclearization before the end of the year. Jeong Se-hyun, Executive Vice-Chair of the National Unification Advisory Council, told tbs FM's Kim OuJoon's News Factory today that it's likely the North will take a "new path" in the absence of substantive progress in nuclear talks with the U.S. He said if the U.S. doesn't change its stance, the regime will continue with its tests. [Clip: Jeong] "North Korea may launch longer-range intercontinental ballistic missile or fire multiple ICBMs at once to show not only its military might but also its nuclear and missile capabilities. And it may no longer negotiate with the U.S." Little progress has been made since Trump and Kim met in Hanoi in February as the two sides remain apart on how the North should denuclearize in order to receive U.S. sanctions relief. Christine Min, eFM News.■ <Image: Yonhap News> Christine Min 201912091347+0900 Liberty Korea Party Elects Shim Jae-Chul As New Floor Leader http://tbs.seoul.kr/eFm/newsView.do?idx_800=2377643&typ_800=N The main opposition Liberty Korea Party has elected five-term lawmaker Shim Jae-chul as its new floor leader. Shim garnered 52 out of 106 votes cast in the second round to replace Na Kyung-won for the remaining five months of the 20th National Assembly. He faces the imminent task of leading his party's negotiations in parliament as it has been demanding the cancellation of an election reform bill and a contentious proposal to set up a new agency to investigate corruption involving high-ranking public officials.■ <Photo: Yonhap News> Sehhyeong Kim 201912091223+0900 Parents Urged To Get Children Vaccinated As Winter Flu Spreads http://tbs.seoul.kr/eFm/newsView.do?idx_800=2377642&typ_800=P Seasonal flu is spreading fast yet there are still many children in the country who have not received their annual vaccination. Data from the Korea Centers for Disease Control and Prevention show that from September to November, 73.5 percent of children aged 12 and under got their flu shots, meaning over a quarter of kids in this age group are at risk of getting sick. Flu activity generally starts to peak in December but it's best to get vaccinated early because it takes about two weeks for antibodies to develop in the body and provide protection against influenza virus infection. In South Korea, flu season lingers until April. Health authorities say it is not too late and are urging parents to take their children to a community health care center to get a free shot while supplies last.■ <Photo: Yonhap News> Rosyn Park 201912091222+0900 Parliament To Open Plenary Session To Pass Pending Bills http://tbs.seoul.kr/eFm/newsView.do?idx_800=2377612&typ_800=N The National Assembly will open a plenary session today, despite continuing partisan tensions, in order to deliberate on pending legislation before the end of the year. The ruling Democratic Party has joined hands with three minor opposition parties and other lawmakers to produce a unified plan to pass the 2020 budget as well as controversial fast-tracked bills on electoral and prosecution reforms. The so called 4+1 consultation body aims to vote on these and other non-contentious legislation on people's livelihoods before the end of the regular parliamentary session on Tuesday. Lawmakers from the main opposition Liberty Korea Party are expected to protest the proceedings.■ <Image: Yonhap News> Christine Min 201912091216+0900 (BBC) US Democrats Claim 'Rock Solid Case' For Trump Impeachment http://tbs.seoul.kr/eFm/newsView.do?idx_800=2377641&typ_800=M A senior U.S. Democrat says his party has a rock solid case for impeaching President Donald Trump. Jerrold Nadler, who chairs the House of Representatives' Judiciary Committee, told CNN on Sunday that his panel could file specific charges by the end of the week and that and a jury would find Trump guilty in three minutes flat. In a separate interview, Democrat Adam Schiff, chair of the House Intelligence Committee, mentioned possible charges against the president to CBS's "Face the Nation" program. [Clip: 00:16] "There is overwhelming evidence that the president sought to coerce Ukraine into interfering in our election, essentially sought to cheat in our next election by getting a foreign government to weigh in. That is a very serious business, and it imperils our national security. It's a gross abuse of his office."■ <Photo: Yonhap News> Sehhyeong Kim 201912091216+0900 Moon Meets Irish Rock Band U2's Bono At Presidential Office http://tbs.seoul.kr/eFm/newsView.do?idx_800=2377640&typ_800=N President Moon Jae-in met today with Bono, philanthropist and lead vocalist of Irish rock band U2. Their meeting at the presidential office was arranged on the sidelines of U2's South Korea leg of its globe-trotting Joshua Tree Tour 2019. The band performed Sunday night at Seoul's Gocheok Sky Dome. Known for addressing social issues during their live performances, U2 sent their love to the North Korean people. They also delivered a touching tribute to some of South Korea's historically significant women, including Sulli, the late K-pop star and actress, Seo Ji-hyun, prosecutor and catalyst for the local #MeToo movement and Park Kyung-won, the country's first female civilian pilot. President Moon's meeting with the rocker was expected to touch upon global issues and peace-building efforts on the Korean Peninsula. Bono, whose real name is Paul David Hewson, has been nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize multiple times for his philanthropic work, including a campaign to cancel Third World debt.■ <Photo: Yonhap News> Hyeryeon Chung 201912091215+0900 S. Korea Ready To Act If Financial Volatility Rises On China-US Trade War http://tbs.seoul.kr/eFm/newsView.do?idx_800=2377639&typ_800=J Vice Finance Minister Kim Yong-beom has reiterated the government will take swift measures to stabilize local financial markets in case of increased volatility amid renewed concerns about the trade war between China and the United States. During a meeting this morning with senior economic and financial officials, Kim addressed the issue and said there is a possibility of volatility increasing if the U.S. slaps additional tariffs against China later this week. He said steps will be taken in a timely manner if there is a sharp fluctuation in the foreign exchange market. Foreign investors have extended their selling binge to a 20th consecutive day, with the Korean won sharply falling against the U.S. dollar. The vice minister said the recent sell-off came after growing external uncertainties and a rebalancing of the Morgan Stanley Capital International index on Korean firms.■ <Photo: Yonhap News> Rosyn Park 201912091215+0900