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2017/06/09 17:11

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

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(2nd LD) Parliament endorses deputy prime minister nominee, clashes over other candidates

SEOUL -- The National Assembly on Friday endorsed President Moon Jae-in's pick for deputy prime minister for economic affairs but failed to compromise on his choices for other key posts.

Kim Dong-yeon, who was tapped to double as finance minister, was approved by the parliamentary strategy and finance committee, paving the way for his appointment.

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(LEAD) Koreas won't hold joint civilian inter-Korean summit celebration

SEOUL -- South and North Korean groups will not hold a joint inter-Korean summit anniversary event in Pyongyang next week amid heightened military tensions, officials at the South's agency said Friday.

The two Koreas' civic groups have been seeking to hold a joint celebration to mark the first summit on June 15, 2000, after new liberal President Moon Jae-in's government said it would flexibly consider resuming civilian inter-Korean exchanges.

The South's preparatory group said that the two sides have decided to hold separate celebrative events, instead of a joint occasion.

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(2nd LD) Cheong Wa Dae pleads for parliamentary approval of FM nominee

SEOUL -- President Moon Jae-in on Friday pleaded with the opposition-led parliament for its approval of his nominee for the new foreign minister, claiming the nominee and her credentials have long been approved and praised by the international community.

The president's appeal for Kang Kyung-wha came two days after the former U.N. official underwent her parliamentary confirmation hearing.

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(LEAD) T.O.P leaves hospital amid military service suspension

SEOUL -- T.O.P of South Korean boy band BIGBANG, who has been hospitalized for a drug overdose, left the hospital on Friday, as he was officially suspended from his mandatory military service due to a marijuana scandal.

"I'm sorry," the singer responded succinctly towards a barrage of questions from reporters as he came out of the intensive care unit of Ewha Womans University Medical Center in western Seoul.

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S.Korea mulls over environmental survey of THAAD site

SEOUL -- South Korea's military said Friday it will wait for an inter-agency decision on the implementation of a controversial alliance deal on the THAAD missile intercept system.

At issue is whether the Ministry of National Defense has abided by related rules and regulations, especially in connection with the environmental impact assessment (EIA) of the site, which used to be a private golf course, in Seongju, some 300 km southeast of Seoul.

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(LEAD) Cheong Wa Dae says no plan to change THAAD deployment

SEOUL -- South Korea has no plan for changes to its agreement with the United States that will fundamentally change the ongoing deployment of the THAAD missile defense system here, a senior security advisor to South Korean President Moon Jae-in said Friday.

"Our government plans to deal with the THAAD deployment with a few principles while being fully aware of North Korea's nuclear and missile threats," Chung Eui-yong, the head of the presidential National Security Office, told reporters.

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(2nd LD) Suspected N. Korean drone found near border

SEOUL -- South Korea's military said Friday it has collected what is believed to be a North Korean drone.

It was found in a mountainous area in Inje, Gangwon Province, close to the eastern border between the two Koreas, by a local resident, according to the Joint Chiefs of Staff (JCS).

Citing on-site investigation into the object, the JCS said its "size and shape" are similar to a small North Korean drone that crashed into Baengnyeong Island just south of the western sea border in March 2014.

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(LEAD) Hankook Tire supplies threads for BMW M4 GT4 racing car

SEOUL -- Hankook Tire Manufacturing Co., the world's seventh-biggest tiremaker by sales, said Friday it has begun exclusively supplying threads for BMW's M4 GT4 racing car.

BMW Motorsport has selected Hankook Tire's Ventus Race tires as original equipment (OE) for the M4 GT4 equipped with a 3.0-liter turbo engine and a seven-speed dual-clutch transmission, the company said in a statement.

The new BMW M4 GT4 made its debut in the ADAC Zurich 24-hour race at the Nurburgring in Germany last month, running on the Hankook's high-performance tires.

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