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2017/08/08 13:30

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


S. Korea's domestic supply gains in Q2

SEJONG,-- South Korea's total supply in manufacturing gained ground in the April-June period marking five straight quarters of growth on a sharp rise in imports, but the pace slowed down slightly, government data showed Tuesday.

The manufacturing domestic supply index that measures both goods produced locally and brought into the country, advanced 5.3 percent on-year to stand at 116.9, according to the data compiled by Statistics Korea.

The on-year growth slowed down from a record 7.2-percent gain tallied three months earlier as the solid rise in imported goods supply was offset by a weak increase in domestic supply.


Top prosecutor apologizes over coercive probes in past political cases

SEOUL -- South Korea's top prosecutor apologized Tuesday for high-handed probes by the state prosecution under past governments that often entailed false convictions and extreme human rights abuses.

"I feel regrettable and do apologize that the prosecution did not fulfill its duty to adhere to legal procedures and protect human rights in some of the past political cases during authoritarian governments," Prosecutor-General Moon Moo-il said at a press briefing.

It is the first time in the country's history that an incumbent head of the prosecution has issued an apology over its own past shortcomings.


(LEAD) S. Korea denounces Japan's renewed claim to Dokdo

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SEOUL-- South Korea on Tuesday protested Japan's repeated sovereignty claim to the Dokdo islets in the East Sea in its annual defense white paper.

"The government strongly protests Japan's illegitimate territorial claim to Dokdo in its defense white paper and calls for an immediate withdrawal," the Ministry of Foreign Affairs said in a statement.

"The Japanese government should be aware clearly that the repeat of the claim does not help with the development of a forward-looking and mature partnership between South Korea and Japan at all," according to the statement. "We make it very clear once again that we will deal sternly with any provocations about Dokdo."



Court rules Mitsubishi must pay compensation to forced labor victims

GWANGJU -- A South Korean court ruled Tuesday in favor of victims of Japanese forced labor during World War II, ordering the Japanese firm Mitsubishi Heavy Industries to pay compensation to an elderly surviving victim and a family member of a deceased victim.

The Gwangju District Court ruled that the Japanese company must pay 120 million won (US$106,572) in compensation to Kim Young-ok, 85, and 3.25 million won ($2,892) to a family member of late victim Choe Jeong-rye for their toiling labor.

The plaintiffs had demanded Mitsubishi pay 150 million won and 30 million won, respectively, claiming the victims worked without pay at an aircraft manufacturing plant in Japan's Nagoya after being deceived in 1944 with a false promise they would be able to make money and study if they agreed to go to Japan.


(2nd LD) Air Force chief tapped to lead Joint Chiefs of Staff

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SEOUL -- President Moon Jae-in named Air Force Gen. Jeong Kyeong-doo to lead the Joint Chiefs of Staff (JCS) on Tuesday in a major reshuffle of the military leadership that also affected six other general-grade posts.

The nomination of Jeong, the Air Force chief of staff, is viewed as reflecting the president's resolve to reform the nation's 625,000-strong armed forces, long dominated by the Army.

The Ministry of National Defense cited growing North Korean and missile threats.


(2nd LD) NK-sanctions

(2nd LD) N. Korea threatens 'physical' actions over new U.N. sanctions

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SEOUL -- North Korea threatened Tuesday to take "physical" actions in response to the United Nations Security Council's adoption of a new sanctions resolution, calling it a U.S.-led terrorist act against Pyongyang.

The warning by the North's Korea Asia-Pacific Peace Committee came one day after North Korea's government rejected the U.N. sanctions over its long-range missile tests and vowed retaliation against Washington "thousands of times."

   "(Enemies) should not forget that we are ready to ruthlessly take strategic measures involving physical actions by fully mobilizing our national power," a spokesman at the committee was quoted as saying by the North's official Korean Central News Agency.


(LEAD) 'A Taxi Driver' tops 5 mln on 7th day

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SEOUL -- A Korean film about the 1980 Gwangju pro-democracy uprising surpassed 5 million in attendance Tuesday, the 7th day of its run, the film's distributor said.

"A Taxi Driver" hit the threshold at 8:30 a.m., becoming the fastest film to reach the milestone this year, according to Showbox. The pace is one day faster than eight days for "The Battleship Island."

   The film accounted for 35.8 percent of tickets sold on Monday, considered a high rate for a weekday, and 42 percent of tickets reserved for Tuesday.


(LEAD) Trump discusses N. Korea with top officials

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WASHINGTON -- U.S. President Donald Trump discussed North Korea with two of his top officials on Monday as tensions rose over the communist country's missile and nuclear programs.

Trump had an hour-long phone call with Secretary of State Rex Tillerson and Chief of Staff John Kelly to talk about North Korea and Tillerson's ongoing trip to Southeast Asia, White House spokeswoman Lindsay Walters said, according to a pool report. Details of the discussion were not immediately available.

Hours earlier, North Korea vowed to retaliate against the U.S. for the U.N. Security Council's adoption Saturday of fresh sanctions against the country.