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2017/03/08 13:36

The following is the first summary of major stories moved by Yonhap News Agency on Wednesday.


White House: THAAD deployment 'national security matter' for S. Korea, Japan

WASHINGTON -- The deployment of the U.S. THAAD missile defense system is a "national security matter" for South Korea, the White House said Tuesday, reaffirming it would go ahead as scheduled despite China's protest.

Earlier Tuesday, South Korea's Defense Ministry and U.S. Forces Korea said they have brought two interceptor-missile launchers and other elements of Terminal High Altitude Area Defense (THAAD) into the U.S. base in Osan, south of Seoul.

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China's top diplomat calls for restraint amid N.K. missile tensions

BEIJING -- China's top diplomat on Wednesday called on all parties to exercise restraint amid growing tensions following North Korea's recent ballistic missile test.

Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi made the appeal to the two Koreas and the United States during his meeting with press on the sidelines of the annual session of China's parliament in Beijing.


Young man claiming to be Kim Jong-nam's son appears in YouTube clip

SEOUL -- A young man claiming to be a son of the half brother of North Korea's leader said his father has been murdered, a video clip on YouTube showed Wednesday.

"My name is Kim Han-sol from North Korea, part of the Kim family," the man said in English, suggesting he is a descendant of North Korea's family that has ruled North Korea for three generations. "My father has been killed a few days ago."



Tillerson to visit S. Korea next week

WASHINGTON/SEOUL -- U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson will visit South Korea next week on his first trip to the region that will also take him to Japan and China, the State Department announced Tuesday.

Tillerson will be in Tokyo on March 15-17, Seoul on March 17-18, and Beijing on March 18, the department said.


China's THAAD retaliation pounds S. Korean tourism

SEOUL -- South Korea's tourism sector and consumer goods makers are bearing the brunt of China's retaliation for Seoul's deployment of an advanced U.S. missile defense system, analysts said Wednesday, urging efforts to brace for tougher and prolonged retaliatory steps down the road.

Last week, China ordered travel agencies to stop selling group tours to South Korea after Seoul finalized a deal with Lotte Group to station a Terminal High Altitude Area Defense (THAAD) battery on a Lotte golf course in the southeastern county of Seongju.


S. Korea's economic growth may slow on THAAD impact: analysts

SEOUL -- South Korea's annual growth could be slashed by as much as 0.5 percentage point should China continue its economic offensive against the South's decision to install a U.S. missile defense

system on its soil, analysts said Wednesday.

Asia's fourth-largest economy is predicted to suffer some US$7.3 billion in losses -- a 0.53 percent on-year drop of its annual GDP -- should it end up losing about half of its Chinese travelers on an annual basis, Credit Suisse said in its latest report.


UNSC strongly condemns N. Korea's recent missile provocation: report

SEOUL -- The U.N. Security Council has strongly condemned North Korea's recent missile provocation and expressed grave concerns over Pyongyang's "increasingly destabilization behavior," a report showed Wednesday.

The council condemned the North for launching several ballistic missiles in a "U.S.-drafted statement," according to AFP. The council is to officially adopt the statement in an emergency meeting to be held at its headquarters in New York on Wednesday (local time).


Popera tenor Lim Hyung-joo named voting member of Grammys

SEOUL -- South Korean singer Lim Hyung-joo has been named a voting member of the Grammy Awards for the first time as an Asian operatic pop artist, his management agency said Wednesday.

The renowned singer was recently accepted as a new member of the Recording Academy and was granted a five-year term as a voting member, the highest of all membership grades, according to DGNcom.


(Yonhap Feature) From streets to cafe, feminism in S. Korea expands boundaries

SEOUL -- At a glance, it seems like any other cafe near a subway station.

But a closer look reveals that one side of its walls is filled with books on feminism and the majority of its guests are women in their 20s and 30s.