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The following is the second summary of major stories moved by Yonhap News Agency on Monday.

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■ (3rd LD) Gov’t scraps all administrative steps against striking trainee doctors

SEOUL — The government announced a decision Monday to withdraw its plan to take administrative steps, including the suspension of medical licenses, against striking trainee doctors in an effort to seek a breakthrough in monthslong medical service disruptions.

More than 12,000 trainee doctors, over 90 percent of the total, have been on strike in the form of mass resignations since Feb. 20 in protest of the government’s medical school admissions quota hike, and most of them have rejected the state order to return to work.

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A door to a space exclusive for trainee doctors remains closed at a major hospital in Seoul on July 7, 2024. (Yonhap)

A door to a space exclusive for trainee doctors remains closed at a major hospital in Seoul on July 7, 2024. (Yonhap)

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■ Trump advisor Fleitz visits Hyundai Motor

SEOUL, July 8 (Yonhap) — A former U.S. official known as an advisor to U.S. Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump visited Hyundai Motor Group in Seoul, the group said Monday.

Fred Fleitz, vice chair of the Center for American Security at the America First Policy Institute, held a meeting with Hyundai officials who are in charge of overseas business, a group official said by phone.

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This photo taken July 7, 2024, shows Fred Fleitz (2nd from R), vice chair of the Center for American Security at the America First Policy Institute, arriving at Incheon International Airport in Incheon, just west of Seoul. (Yonhap)

This photo taken July 7, 2024, shows Fred Fleitz (2nd from R), vice chair of the Center for American Security at the America First Policy Institute, arriving at Incheon International Airport in Incheon, just west of Seoul. (Yonhap)

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■ Yoon says Russia should choose whether S. Korea or N. Korea is more important

SEOUL — President Yoon Suk Yeol said in an interview published Monday that Russia should choose whether South or North Korea is more important for its national interests amid deepening concern about military cooperation between Moscow and Pyongyang.

Yoon made the remark in a written interview with Reuters, saying he will address the threat that military cooperation between Russia and the North poses to the Korean Peninsula and Europe at the upcoming North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) summit.

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■ (2nd LD) Division chief off the hook as 6 officers referred to prosecution over Marine’s death

SEOUL — Police decided Monday not to charge a Marine division commander accused of responsibility in last year’s death of a young solider during a search operation for flood victims, only referring six other officers to the prosecution for indictment.

The result of the politically sensitive investigation came a year after the then 20-year-old Marine conscript, surnamed Chae, was swept away by a torrent during a search for missing downpour victims in the southeastern county of Yecheon on July 19 last year. He was found dead half a day later.

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■ N. Korea extols Kim Jong-un’s achievements on state founder’s 30th death anniv.

SEOUL — North Korea’s state media highlighted the country’s leader Kim Jong-un’s major military achievements Monday, the 30th anniversary of the death of state founder Kim Il-sung, in a move seen aimed at intensifying the personality cult for the current leader.

There have been no media reports of Kim Jong-un visiting the Kumsusan Palace of the Sun, where the embalmed bodies of the current leader’s father, Kim Jong-il, and grandfather, Kim Il-sung, lie in state.

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■ Prosecutors indict 2 men for defaming Yoon in ‘fake’ media interview

SEOUL — Prosecutors indicted two men Monday on charges of defaming President Yoon Suk Yeol in a media interview allegedly engineered to discredit him as a presidential candidate.

The indictment of Kim Man-bae, a journalist-turned-property developer, and journalist Shin Hak-lim came more than two years following a news report in March of 2022, falsely suggesting Yoon’s involvement in a high-profile development corruption scandal.

https://en.yna.co.kr/view/AEN20240708006200315?section=search

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■ (3rd LD) Heavy rain batters country, leaving 1 resident missing, many fleeing for safety

SEOUL — Heavy rain pounded much of the country Monday, leaving roads flooded and many residents evacuating for safety, as rescue efforts are under way to find a person missing in the central county of Okcheon following a landslide.

In Yeongyang county in North Gyeongsang Province, 55.5 mm of rainfall hit the region in an hour from 3 a.m., and 52.5 mm of downpours per hour had been recorded as of 3:30 a.m. in nearby Andong, 192 kilometers southeast of Seoul, according to the Korea Meteorological Administration (KMA).

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