February 18, Sunday, 2018 (2:00 p.m.) Read by Mr. Hirokazu Sakamaki and Ms. Keiko Kitagawa

1. Japan’s foreign minister says he is not ruling out having contact with North Korean officials but only if it is to send the message that the country must denuclearize before negotiations can begin.
2. India and Iran have agreed to cooperate in a port project in Iran, while China presses ahead with port development in India’s neighbors.
3. In the PyeongChang Winter Olympics, Japan’s men’s curling team has won its third victory, beating the United States.