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2017/07/28 13:20

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

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(2nd LD) S. Korea to conduct additional environmental survey of THAAD

SEOUL -- South Korea announced a plan Friday for an additional environmental impact assessment of the THAAD missile defense system, a process expected to take at least several months.

The defense ministry said it will decide whether to fully deploy the U.S. weapon on its soil after the "general" or "ordinary" environmental survey to be held in accordance with a domestic law.

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(LEAD) Industrial output backtracks 0.2 pct in June

SEJONG -- South Korea's industrial output dropped slightly in June from a month earlier due to the dip in petroleum refinery and chip businesses, but consumption made a turnaround to offset the sluggish production, government data showed Friday.

Production in the mining, manufacturing, gas and electricity industries edged down 0.2 percent on-month in June, backtracking from a 0.2 percent on-month gain in the previous month, according to the data by Statistics Korea.

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(2nd LD) Top diplomats of S. Korea, U.S. discuss N. Korea

WASHINGTON/SEOUL -- The top diplomats of South Korea and the United States agreed Thursday to continue close coordination on issues related to North Korea's nuclear and missile programs, the State Department said.

Foreign Minister Kang Kyung-wha and Secretary of State Rex Tillerson spoke by phone earlier in the day to discuss North Korea and their countries' bilateral alliance, according to department spokeswoman Heather Nauert.

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BOK chief warns of drop in potential growth rate due to aging population

SEOUL -- South Korea's potential growth rate for the foreseeable future could significantly decline because of a shrinking workforce caused by a rapidly aging population, the Bank of Korea (BOK) chief warned Friday.

At a forum with business executives on the southern resort island of Jeju, BOK Gov. Lee Ju-yeol called for deregulations and a search for new growth engines to mitigate the impact of the aging population.

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Gov't will follow selected citizens' decision on fate of 2 reactors: presidential office

SEOUL -- The presidential office Cheong Wa Dae reiterated Friday that the government will follow the decision that select citizens will make over the fate of two nuclear reactors after their public deliberation process.

Its remarks came a day after a government panel tasked with overseeing the deliberation process said that the 350 citizens it will pick will not determine whether to resume the now-suspended construction of the reactors in Ulsan, 414 kilometers southeast of Seoul.

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(LEAD) Gov't announces countermeasures to combat drowsy driving

SEOUL -- South Korea outlined countermeasures to deal with drowsy-driving-related accidents following a series of crashes that took dozens of lives, the transport ministry said Friday.

Under the steps to be taken this year, bus companies will be obliged to allow their drivers to rest for at least 10 straight hours between shifts, longer than the current eight hours, the Ministry of Land, Infrastructure and Transportation said in a statement.

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(LEAD) N.K. leader resumes public activity with visit to cemetery for war dead

SEOUL -- North Korea's state media said Friday that leader Kim Jong-un visited a cemetery to commemorate veterans killed during the 1950-53 Korean War on the armistice anniversary earlier this week.

Kim resumed his public appearances after a hiatus of 15 days by paying homage to fallen fighters at the cemetery in Pyongyang on Thursday, raising speculation that the repressive regime may delay its missile launch.

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(Yonhap Interview) Former star pitcher takes 'risk' in accepting nat'l team managerial job

SEOUL -- When South Korean pitching legend Sun Dong-yol was announced as the first full-time manager of the national team Monday, he knew he was taking on a position fraught with risks.

Sun, 54, has little to gain and much more to lose, as he's been tasked with guiding the team through the 2020 Tokyo Olympics. The baseball-crazed nation saw its once-proud national team bow out of the first round at this year's World Baseball Classic (WBC) at home, and the disappointing result further motivated Sun, who was a pitching coach on that team, to take on the managerial position.

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(Yonhap Feature) Uber eyes breakthrough in S. Korea through food delivery service

SEOUL -- U.S. ride-hailing company Uber Technologies Inc. is seeking a breakthrough in their South Korean business operation by launching the restaurant delivery app UberEATS by the end of the year.

The move comes as the San Francisco-based company moves to expand its presence in the Korean market after its car-sharing service UberX was declared illegal in 2013 following stiff resistance from local taxi drivers and the Seoul City government.

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