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November 29, 2022 Yonhap News Briefing-2

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▲The South Korean Ministry of Soil and Earth issued a start-up order to the owners of cement trucks

South Korea's Ministry of Land, Infrastructure and Transport (hereinafter referred to as the Ministry of Land and Infrastructure) issued an order to start work on the 29th to more than 2,500 owners of cement trucks who participated in the strike. The South Korean government reviewed and voted at the state affairs meeting that morning to issue a start-to-work order to truck owners who participated in the strike. Since then, Minister of Land and Infrastructure Won Hee-ryong announced at a press conference at the government office building in Seoul at 11:25 a.m. that the order to start work will be issued from now on. Yuan Xilong pointed out that the order to start work is not aimed at punishing truck owners, but to guide them back to work, so as to restore the national logistics chain and minimize the impact of strikes on the national economy.

▲Han Jun: The North Korean nuclear test is only waiting for a political decision and there is no abnormal trend

South Korea's Joint Chiefs of Staff (Joint Staff) Bulletin Office Director Kim Joon-rak said at a regular meeting on the 29th that North Korea's seventh nuclear test is ready and only awaits a political decision, but there are currently no changes worthy of attention. South Korean and American intelligence agencies are maintaining close cooperation and closely monitoring North Korea's relevant movements, and the South Korean military maintains a firm response posture. North Korea announced five years ago today (November 29, 2017) that it had successfully tested the "Hwasong-15" intercontinental ballistic missile and completed the construction of its national nuclear force. Some views speculate that North Korea may conduct its seventh nuclear test or launch an intercontinental ballistic missile that day.

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▲South Korean government: pay close attention to China's anti-blockade demonstrations

When meeting with reporters on the 29th, an official from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of South Korea stated that the government is paying close attention to the relevant trends regarding the recent demonstrations against the blockade in China. The official said that the government has noticed the opinions of various parties on the various situations that have occurred in China recently, and the government is also paying attention to relevant trends. The government is also committed to protecting the safety of expatriates as well as corporate activity.

▲ South Korea's Ministry of Foreign Affairs lowered the travel warning level of 24 countries

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The Ministry of Foreign Affairs of South Korea stated on the 24th that according to the domestic epidemic prevention policy and the situation of the new crown epidemic abroad, the level of travel warning issued to 24 countries including the United States will be lowered from the second level to the lowest level of the first level from the 29th, that is, from "cautious travel to "Relaxed to" pay attention to safety". The Ministry of Foreign Affairs explained that in the future, the cycle of adjusting the travel warning level will be changed from quarterly to semi-annual, and it will be adjusted at any time for countries with sudden changes in the epidemic prevention situation. (Finish)

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