tbs eFM 101.3 News http://tbs.seoul.kr/eFm/newsMain.do Germany Recognized As Participating Nation In Korean War http://tbs.seoul.kr/eFm/newsView.do?idx_800=2306963&typ_800=M The defense ministry has added Germany to the list of countries that provided medical assistance during the Korean War. In May 1953, the country notified the U.N. headquarters of its intent to set up a field hospital in South Korea to support U.N. soldiers participating in the war and sent a medical unit of around 80 staff the following year. However, it was not included among the medical-aid providers because its support activities began after the armistice treaty was signed on July 27th, 1953. Germany is now designated as the sixth provider of medical assistance during the Korean War following Norway, Denmark, Sweden, India and Italy.■ Jenny Hur 201806221603+0900 Japan To Suspend N. Korean Missile Evacuation Drills: Suga http://tbs.seoul.kr/eFm/newsView.do?idx_800=2306939&typ_800=U Japanese Chief Cabinet Secretary Yoshihide Suga says Tokyo is suspending evacuation drills simulating a North Korean missile attack after last week's meeting between Washington and Pyongyang. Suga said Japan will halt the drills involving residents for the time being following achievements made at the historic summit. He added that the government will shift its focus to keeping people informed about the nation's alert system and "how to behave" if missiles strike Japanese territory. Last year, Pyongyang fired two missiles over Japan. Following the decision, nine drills planned for this year will be cancelled.■ Ron Chang 201806221556+0900 President Moon To Hold Summit With Russian Counterpart Vladimir Putin http://tbs.seoul.kr/eFm/newsView.do?idx_800=2306949&typ_800=N President Moon Jae-in is set to hold a bilateral summit with his Russian counterpart Vladimir Putin in Moscow later this evening, Korea time. It will be the first time in 19 years for a South Korean president to meet with a Russian leader at the Kremlin. During the talks, the presidents will likely focus on ways to boost their countries' economic cooperation and to provide joint efforts on North Korea's denuclearization. A joint press conference will be held afterwards followed by a state dinner hosted by Putin. On Saturday, Moon will head to the southern port city of Rostov-on-Don to cheer on Team Korea when they play Mexico in their second World Cup group match before returning to Seoul.■ Meeyeon Ahn 201806221554+0900 Fitch Maintains S. Korea's Sovereign Rating At 'AA-' http://tbs.seoul.kr/eFm/newsView.do?idx_800=2306960&typ_800=J Fitch Ratings has reaffirmed South Korea's sovereign rating at 'AA-' with a 'stable' outlook, citing lingering geopolitical risks and concerns of a trade war between the United States and China. Fitch said Pyongyang's commitment to denuclearization may ease tensions on the Korean Peninsula, but the process is likely to be "lengthy and prone to breakdown." The ratings agency also said an escalating trade dispute between the U.S. and China, the two biggest trading partners of Korea, could weigh on the country's growth. Korea's economy grew 3 percent in the first five months of the year, but Fitch noted that it could fall back to around 2.5 percent in the medium term due to rapid population aging and low productivity.■ Jenny Hur 201806221552+0900 Taeguk Warriors Gear Up For Second Russia World Cup Match Against Mexico http://tbs.seoul.kr/eFm/newsView.do?idx_800=2306945&typ_800=Q The men's national football team is gearing up for its second World Cup group stage match against Mexico. The game is set to get underway on Sunday at 12 a.m. Korea time in the Russian port city of Rostov-on-Don. Both teams will hold practice sessions and press conferences at Rostov Arena later Friday. South Korea have to beat Mexico for a chance to advance to the quarterfinals.■ Ron Chang 201806221544+0900 Govt Steps Up Quarantine To Prevent Infestation Of Red Fire Ants http://tbs.seoul.kr/eFm/newsView.do?idx_800=2306954&typ_800=P The government is stepping up quarantine efforts against foreign red fire ants after they were discovered at the country's major ports. Thousands of venomous ants were spotted at container terminals in Pyeongtaek and Busan earlier this week. The agriculture ministry said it has disinfected the entire area to contain the spread of the invasive insects, and will inspect all related containers that carried coconuts and dried wood. Shipping containers from countries that have reported recent outbreaks will also be closely monitored. Red fire ants carry venom that can cause severe allergic reactions, including nausea and respiratory problems, and in severe cases can lead to death.■ Meeyeon Ahn 201806221529+0900 Samsung Securities Could Face Partial Suspension Over 'Fat Finger' Trade http://tbs.seoul.kr/eFm/newsView.do?idx_800=2306948&typ_800=J South Korea's financial watchdog has recommended suspension of Samsung Securities' operations for six months after the broker's 'fat finger' error prompted a public outcry. After reviewing the case, the Financial Supervisory Service called for partially suspending the broker's services for new investors in a recommendation to the Financial Services Commission, which makes the final decision. The FSS also called for the firm's Chief Executive Koo Sung-hoon and former acting chief Kim Nam-soo to be suspended from their posts, while banning two other former executives from seeking other jobs in the financial industry for the next five years. In April, Samsung accidentally issued 2.8 billion shares to employees - more than 30 times the number of its outstanding shares, and some of its workers quickly sold them for profit.■ Meeyeon Ahn 201806221443+0900 Inter-Korean Red Cross Talks Focus On Family Reunions http://tbs.seoul.kr/eFm/newsView.do?idx_800=2306921&typ_800=U [Anchor] South and North Korea are holding Red Cross talks in efforts to resolve humanitarian issues caused by the division of the Korean Peninsula. Their meeting kicked off this morning at a hotel on Mount Kumgang on the North's east coast. Jeong-eun Lee has more. [Reporter] Officials from both Koreas are expected to hash out details for a possible reunion of families separated by the Korean War. During their summit in April, President Moon Jae-in and North Korean leader Kim Jong-un agreed to hold such an event this year on August 15th, which is Liberation Day. If all goes as planned, it would be the first reunion in three years. But time is running out for these efforts. According to Seoul's Unification Ministry, number of registered family members still alive in the South stands at just over 57,000, many of them in their 70s and 80s. In light of this, South Korean officials could propose during today's meeting that joint efforts be carried out as soon as possible to help confirm the status of family members in the North. They may even take it a step further and request that separated families be allowed to exchange letters or even visit their hometowns. Jeong-eun Lee, eFM News.■ Jeongeun Lee 201806221442+0900 Authorities Put Out Fire Within Beomseo Tunnel In Ulsan http://tbs.seoul.kr/eFm/newsView.do?idx_800=2306946&typ_800=P Fire authorities say they have put out a blaze within the 2nd Beomseo Tunnel along the Ulsan-Pohang Expressway. Officials said it received a report that a truck was on fire earlier this afternoon. Twenty-two people have been transferred to nearby hospitals for smoke inhalation. Authorities said they will continue their search for additional casualties.■ Ron Chang 201806221441+0900 Chief Delegates To Inter-Korean Red Cross Talks Meet Separately http://tbs.seoul.kr/eFm/newsView.do?idx_800=2306934&typ_800=U Chief South and North Korean delegates taking part in Red Cross talks on Mount Kumgang have met separately. Following a general meeting this morning, South Korean Red Cross President Park Kyung-seo sat down with Pak Yong-il, vice chairman of the North's Committee for the Peaceful Reunification of the Country, for an hour. Park Kyung-seo told reporters that talks are going well. They are aimed at scheduling reunions for families separated by the Korean War. President Moon Jae-in and North Korean leader Kim Jong-un agreed in April to hold such an event on August 15th, which is Liberation Day.■ Ron Chang 201806221421+0900 Veterans' Ministry Invites US War Veterans To Korea http://tbs.seoul.kr/eFm/newsView.do?idx_800=2306938&typ_800=N The veterans' ministry says it has invited 85 American war veterans and their families to Korea in light of the 68th anniversary of the start of the Korean War. They include U.S. Army and Marine Corps veterans that took part in the Battle of the Chosin Reservoir. Some 4,500 U.S. soldiers died during the decisive battle. The veterans will attend a ceremony at the United Nations Memorial Cemetery in Busan next Tuesday, visit the Odusan Unification Observatory in Paju the following day and attend an appreciation dinner hosted by the veterans' ministry.■ Ron Chang 201806221409+0900 Sweltering Heat, Rain Forecast During July-September Period: KMA http://tbs.seoul.kr/eFm/newsView.do?idx_800=2306936&typ_800=P The Korea Meteorological Administration says temperatures during the months of July, August and September will be the same as previous years or slightly hotter. In its three month forecast released today, the KMA said heavy rain is expected early next month due to a low pressure system followed by sweltering heat. Heat waves as well as showers are forecast in August. Meanwhile, in September, highs will likely hover in the 20s, with less rain compared to previous years.■ Ron Chang 201806221359+0900 British Landing Ship Docks At Busan Port http://tbs.seoul.kr/eFm/newsView.do?idx_800=2306935&typ_800=M A British landing ship has docked at Busan Port. Yonhap News said the HMS Albion arrived in the port city at around 10 a.m. this morning. The amphibious transport ship is here to promote friendly relations between the South Korean and British navies. Crewmembers are scheduled to visit the Demilitarized Zone and the United Nations Memorial Cemetery in Busan during their stay.■ Ron Chang 201806221356+0900 US Eighth Army Appoints S. Korean General Deputy Commander http://tbs.seoul.kr/eFm/newsView.do?idx_800=2306933&typ_800=N South Korean Army General Kim Tae-up is set to be appointed deputy commander of the Eighth United States Army. U.S. Forces Korea said an appointment ceremony will be held for Brigadier General Kim this afternoon at 4 p.m. at Eighth Army headquarters at Camp Humphreys in Pyeongtaek. Kim is the first South Korean general to be named deputy commander of the U.S. field army. Kim has commanded the Dongmyeong Unit, a U.N. peacekeeping mission in Lebanon, as well as held multiple posts at the South Korea-U.S. Combined Forces Command in Seoul.■ Ron Chang 201806221349+0900 Weather Update 1400 http://tbs.seoul.kr/eFm/newsView.do?idx_800=2306922&typ_800=Z Taking a look at the weather, it's mostly sunny skies nationwide on this Friday afternoon. Heat wave advisories are in effect in areas in the Gangwon and North and South Gyeongsang provinces. Amid sweltering conditions, temperatures will hover in the high 20s to low 30s. UV and ozone levels are also expected to be high so take extra precaution when outdoors. As for the current reading in central Seoul, it is _____ degrees Celsius or _____ degrees Fahrenheit.■ Meeyeon Ahn 201806221347+0900