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2017/08/01 18:45

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

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S. Korea, U.S. closely coordinating approach toward N.K. nuclear issue

SEOUL -- South Korea and the United States are closely coordinating their approach toward North Korea based on a mutual sense of urgency against its nuclear and missile threats, the foreign ministry said Tuesday, amid worries that Seoul could be bypassed in relevant discussions.

"The governments of South Korea and the U.S. are coordinating more than ever on all issues and at every level related to the North and its nuclear problem based on their shared recognition of severity and urgency," Cho June-hyuck, foreign ministry spokesman, said at a regular press briefing.

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Opposition parties ramp up offensive against Moon's N. Korea policy

SEOUL -- South Korea's opposition parties on Tuesday ramped up their offensive against President Moon Jae-in's pursuit of dialogue and rapprochement with North Korea, as its recent long-range missile test has brought security to the center of political debate.

The main opposition Liberty Korea Party (LKP), in particular, called for a wholesale review of Moon's policy toward the provocative neighbor, stressing its Friday test of an intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM) is reshaping the security landscape on the peninsula and beyond.

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(LEAD) Galaxy S8 series wins environment certificate in U.S.

SEOUL -- Samsung Electronics Co. said Tuesday its Galaxy S8 and Galaxy S8 Plus smartphones won a top-level certificate from an environmental evaluation conducted in the United States.

The South Korean tech giant said the smartphones won the Gold rating from the Electronic Product Environmental Assessment Tool (EPEAT), approved by the Green Electronics Council and Underwriters Laboratories.

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Rising swimming star eyes multiple Asian Games medals

INCHEON -- With each passing race, South Korean swimmer An Se-hyeon feels her dream is getting bigger and bigger.

The 21-year-old enjoyed a breakout performance at the FINA World Aquatics Championships in Budapest, Hungary, last month. She finished fourth in the 200-meter butterfly in 2:06.67, just 0.65 second out of bronze, and fifth in the 100m butterfly in 57.07 seconds. Both times were national records, and the fourth place finish in the 200m fly was the best placement ever by a South Korean woman at a major international competition.

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Park Tae-hwan regrets not enjoying world championships

INCHEON -- Former Olympic swimming champion Park Tae-hwan failed to capture any medals at this year's world championships held last month, but that wasn't even his biggest regret.

At 27, a relatively advanced age for a freestyle swimmer, Park knows he just might have raced in his last world championships. And he now wishes he would have enjoyed himself a little more.

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N. Korea conducts SLBM ejection test: CNN

SEOUL -- The United States has detected evidence that North Korea conducted yet another ejection test for a submarine-launched ballistic missile just a couple of days after carrying out its second intercontinental ballistic missile test, CNN reported.

The ejection test, carried out Sunday, is the third this month and fourth this year, CNN reported, citing an unidentified defense official. That shows the communist nation is working hard to make progress in its SLBM development.

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Top S. Korean diplomat meets with ambassadors from ASEAN countries

SEOUL -- Foreign Minister Kang Kyung-wha met with ambassadors from the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) on Tuesday to discuss South Korea's cooperation with the bloc ahead of an annual regional forum set for the weekend in the Philippines.

The ASEAN Regional Forum (ARF) and a series of foreign ministers' meetings involving ASEAN and its partners will be held from Sunday to Tuesday in Manila to discuss diplomacy and cooperation issues.

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