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Samsung responds to cancer claims, promises to compensate employees

SEOUL--Samsung Electronics promised on Wednesday to pay compensation to a number of employees who claim they contracted cancer from working at the company's semiconductor plants.

The world's top chip and smartphone maker declined to say how many people might be compensated, but around 40 employees have filed claims with the state Korean Workers' Compensation and Welfare Service in the past six years.

In a statement, Samsung CEO Kwon Oh-Hyun said the company would provide “proper compensation” to those affected and the families of some employees who had died.

“We've failed to pay careful attention to the pain and difficulty of them and their families,” he said in a statement, vowing to set up a neutral arbitration group to arrange fair settlements.

Samsung has always rejected the charge that the cancers resulted from workplace exposure to toxic chemicals, and Kwon's statement included no acceptance of responsibility for the employees' condition.

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