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2017/06/12 13:30

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

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(LEAD) Prosecution questions daughter of Park's friend

SEOUL -- Prosecutors questioned the daughter of former President Park Geun-hye's longtime friend Monday as part of a probe into a massive influence-peddling scandal that led to Park's removal from office.

Chung Yoo-ra, the 21-year-old daughter of Choi Soon-sil, arrived at the Seoul Central District Prosecutors' Office at 10:20 a.m.

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Defense minister nominee vows military reform

SEOUL -- The defense minister nominee said on Monday the military needs to be reformed to accommodate the changing warfare environment, vowing major renovation efforts.

"(We) need to make a really wonderful military which serves and sacrifices for the public and which the public trusts," Song Young-moo, President Moon Jae-in's pick for the next defense minister, told reporters after his meeting with incumbent Minister Han Min-koo at the ministry in central Seoul.

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S. Korea calls for Japan to be careful in making comments on comfort women issue

SEOUL -- South Korea's foreign ministry said Monday that it has called for Japan to be more careful in making any comments on such thorny bilateral issues as how to resolve the long-running dispute over Japan's wartime sexual slavery of Korean women.

This was in response to controversial remarks by Toshihiro Nikai, secretary-general of Japan's ruling Liberal Democratic Party. In his meeting with South Korean lawmakers on Saturday, he called for efforts to "eradicate" those seeking any tricks.

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BOK chief says monetary tightening is possible on recovery

SEOUL -- The chief of South Korea's central bank said Monday that the Bank of Korea may take a monetary tightening approach if the economy shows signs of a robust recovery.

Still, BOK Gov. Lee Ju-yeol remained cautious, noting the central bank needs to maintain the current monetary easing stance for the time being given uncertainties in the country's path to growth and inflationary pressure on the demand side are not high despite signs of economic recovery.

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(LEAD) Moon's approval rating slightly increases: survey

SEOUL -- President Moon Jae-in's approval rating increased slightly last week to nearly 80 percent, a survey showed Monday, despite unceasing disputes over his picks for top government and judicial officials.

In a survey conducted from Monday through Friday by local pollster Realmeter, Moon's rating was tallied at 78.9 percent, up 0.8 percentage point from a week earlier.

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Gov't seeks 6 pct expansion in 2018 budget

SEJONG -- Government ministries and other public entities are hoping to boost their annual spending by 6 percent next year to better meet social welfare, education, and research and development outlays, the finance ministry said Monday.

According to the Ministry of Strategy and Finance, government offices have submitted preliminary requests for their 2018 budget that totaled 424.5 trillion won (US$377.1 billion), compared with 400.5 trillion won earmarked for this year.

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(LEAD) Dodgers' Ryu Hyun-jin hurt by long balls in shaky start

SEOUL -- Hurt by long balls yet again, Ryu Hyun-jin of the Los Angeles Dodgers has barely avoided a loss in a shaky start.

Ryu gave up three home runs against the Cincinnati Reds at Dodger Stadium in Los Angeles on Sunday (local time). Ryu was lifted for pinch hitter Franklin Gutierrez in the bottom fourth with the Dodgers trailing 4-2.

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