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2017/08/09 13:30

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

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(3rd LD) N. Korea threatens missile strike near Guam, warns of all-out war

SEOUL -- North Korea's military announced Wednesday it is considering missile strikes aimed at laying siege to Guam, home to several U.S. strategic bombers.

The Korean People's Army (KPA) stressed that it stands ready to stage an all-out armed conflict if Washington presses ahead with a preventive war against it.

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(2nd LD) President urges 'complete' overhaul of military for enhanced defense capabilities

SEOUL -- South Korean President Moon Jae-in called for a complete and thorough overhaul of the country's armed services Wednesday, highlighting an "urgent" need to enhance the country's defense capabilities against North Korea's evolving nuclear and missile technologies.

"I believe we might need a complete defense reform at the level of a rebirth instead of making some improvements or modifications," the president said while meeting with six new top commanders of the three armed services in a promotion ceremony held at the presidential office Cheong Wa Dae.

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(2nd LD) Trump warns N. Korea will be met with fire and fury

WASHINGTON -- U.S. President Donald Trump warned Tuesday that North Korea will be met with "fire and fury" if it continues to threaten his country, issuing a strong rebuke against a country that has reportedly succeeded in miniaturizing nuclear weapons.

"North Korea best not make any more threats to the United States. They will be met with fire and fury like the world has never seen," Trump told reporters at his golf course in Bedminster, New Jersey, according to a pool report.

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Finance minister says gov't to boost welfare, job creation spending in 2018 budget

SEJONG -- South Korea's finance chief said Wednesday that the government is pushing to set aside more money for welfare and job creation in next year's budget while slashing infrastructure-related investments.

Finance Minister Kim Dong-yeon made the comments in a meeting with economy-related ministers in central Seoul.

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U.S. sent two bombers to Korea this week: official

SEOUL -- Two B-1B U.S. strategic bombers trained again over Korea earlier this week, a defense official in Seoul said Wednesday.

The B-1B Lancers from Guam were deployed in the sky over the peninsula Tuesday as part of a regular combined exercise with the South's fighter jets, the official said. The allies did not announce the mission in advance.

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(2nd LD) Asian security forum urges N.K. to comply with U.N. resolutions

MANILA -- Top diplomats from Asia-Pacific countries expressed "grave concern" on Tuesday over North Korea's escalation of regional tensions and urged it to comply with U.N. Security Council resolutions.

In the chairman's statement, the ASEAN Regional Forum also expressed support for the "complete, verifiable, and irreversible" denuclearization of the North in a peaceful manner.

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(LEAD) Opposition parties ramp up calls to cancel appointment of new science official

SEOUL -- Opposition parties on Wednesday ratcheted up pressure on President Moon Jae-in to cancel his appointment of a senior science innovation official who was mired in a 2005 stem cell research fraud scandal.

On Monday, Moon appointed Park Ky-young to lead the Science, Technology and Innovation Office at the Ministry of Science and ICT, triggering searing criticism from scientists, politicians and civic groups that called her unfit for the post billed as a science policy control tower.

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(Yonhap Feature) Political tensions dim fate of S. Korean prisoners in North

SEOUL -- Kim Jung-wook, a South Korean Christian missionary devoted to helping North Koreans and evangelizing among them, moved in 2007 to Dandong, a Chinese city bordering North Korea.

For the following five years he served starving North Korean defectors and travelers crossing the Yalu River, a major northern trading route between China and North Korea.

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