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Yonhap News Summary

2017/03/07 16:12

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


S. Korea reiterates nuke-free stance amid talk of redeploying U.S. nukes to Korea

SEOUL -- South Korea will stick to its policy of keeping the Korean Peninsula free of any nuclear weapons, the foreign ministry said Tuesday, amid growing talk of the U.S.' possible deployment of its tactical nuclear weapons to South Korea to tackle North Korea's nuclear threats.

"I am aware that the various opinions are laid out amid North Korea's ever-increasing nuclear threats," ministry spokesman Cho Jung-hyuck said in a press briefing, referring to a recent U.S. news report that the Donald Trump administration is mulling over the nuclear redeployment on the Korean Peninsula.


Opposition parties slam gov't for 'unilateral, rushed' THAAD deployment

SEOUL -- South Korea's liberal opposition parties on Tuesday lashed out at the government for allowing Washington to begin the process of installing a U.S. missile defense system on the peninsula.

The parties, led by the main opposition Democratic Party, raised questions over Seoul's intentions behind the "unilateral, rushed" move to bring in a Terminal High Altitude Area Defense (THAAD) battery. They argued that the dispatch might be politically motivated ahead of this year's presidential election.


U.S. mainland, overseas bases targets of N.K. missile strikes: daily

SEOUL -- North Korea on Tuesday made it clear that the targets of its drills to test-fire missiles are the U.S. mainland as well as U.S. military bases abroad.

"The North Korean army has long put within the range of its precision strike the air force base on Guam where nuclear strategic bombers take off, the oversea aggressive bases where nuclear-powered submarines are launched, and other U.S. logistic bases for aggression against North Korea, and even the U.S. mainland," the Rodong Sinmun, a daily of the North's ruling Workers' Party, said in a commentary.


Spy chief denies illegal surveillance on court's impeachment ruling

SEOUL -- South Korea's spy chief denied Tuesday that his agency illegally collected information on the Constitutional Court, which is reviewing the impeachment of President Park Geun-hye, lawmakers said.

Lee Byung-ho, director of the National Intelligence Service, told a parliamentary session that the allegation raised by a local broadcaster Saturday is not true, although the agency does have a team handling all courts and the prosecution, according to Reps. Lee Cheol-woo and Kim Byung-kee.


PyeongChang Paralympics 1 year away with host eyeing first gold

SEOUL -- The countdown to the first Winter Paralympics to be held in South Korea will reach one year Thursday, with homegrown athletes eyeing the country's first gold medal at the multisport competition for disabled athletes.

PyeongChang, an alpine resort town some 180 kilometers east of Seoul in Gangwon Province, will host the country's first Winter Paralympics from March 9 to 18 next year, under the slogan "Passion. Connected."



(LEAD) S. Korean firms urged to come up with measures for U.S. trade restrictions

SEOUL -- South Korea and its exporting companies must prepare for new and intensifying import restrictions by other countries, especially the United States, local experts said Tuesday.

They noted the U.S. was widely expected to deviate from multilateral conventions, including the World Trade Organization (WTO), while in pursuit of President Donald Trump's "America First" policy.


Eximbank chief vows to support shipbuilders, shipping firms

SEOUL -- South Korea's state-run Export-Import Bank of Korea said Tuesday it will financially support debt-ridden local shipbuilding and shipping firms.

Eximbank CEO Choi Jong-ku said the policy lender needs to provide financial support to companies that have debt but also have potential to stand on their own feet.


(LEAD) Foreign ministry forms task force to support PyeongChang Winter Games

SEOUL -- The foreign ministry said Tuesday it has formed a task force to discuss how to promote and support the Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games set to open in the eastern South Korean town of PyeongChang early next year.

Park Enna, ambassador for public diplomacy, will lead the team until 100 days before the opening of the international sports competitions. After D-100, Vice Foreign Minister Ahn Chong-ghee will helm the team, according to the ministry.


Incheon airport named world's best for 12th consecutive year

SEOUL -- Incheon International Airport, South Korea's main gateway, was named the world's best airport for a record 12th consecutive year in a survey conducted by a trade association of airports, its operator said Tuesday.

Incheon airport scored 4.99 points out of a possible 5.00 to rank as the best airport in business in the annual Airport Service Quality (ASQ) Awards presented by the Airports Council International (ACI), the Incheon International Airport Corp. (IIAC) said in a press release.