December 17, Tuesday, 2019 (2:00 p.m.) Read by Ms. Fumiko Konoe and Ms. Hiroko Kitadai

1. U.S. President Donald Trump has expressed concerns about recent provocative moves by North Korea.

2. Hong Kong’s chief executive has pledged to restore order in the region.

3. A South Korean trade ministry representative says his delegation told Japanese officials that Tokyo should relax controls on exports to the country.