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2017/09/01 17:00

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

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(LEAD) S. Korean president to visit Russia for summit with Putin, regional forum

SEOUL -- South Korean President Moon Jae-in is set to visit Russia next week for a bilateral summit with his Russian counterpart Vladimir Putin and other heads of state, as well as a regional forum aimed at boosting economic cooperation in Northeast Asia that includes Russia's Far East, an official from Seoul's presidential office Cheong Wa Dae said Friday.

The president will depart Wednesday for Vladivostok, where he will attend the Eastern Economic Forum, according to Cheong Wa Dae spokesman Park Soo-hyun.

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(LEAD) Cheong Wa Dae proposes forming consultation body with ruling, opposition parties

SEOUL -- The presidential office Cheong Wa Dae on Friday proposed forming a permanent consultation body involving ruling and opposition parties to discuss national issues and ways to manage state affairs.

"The people are demanding productive politics. And there are many issues the government, ruling and opposition parties must put their heads together to address, especially during the regular parliamentary session," Jun Byung-hun, the top presidential aide for political affairs, said at a press briefing.

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U.S. vows close consultation with S. Korea over military options against N.K.

SEOUL -- U.S. Pacific Command (PACOM) chief Adm. Harry Harris has vowed to seek close consultation with South Korea to review military options in response to North Korea's threats, Seoul's defense ministry said Friday.

Harris made the remark during his meeting with South Korean Defense Minister Song Young-moo on Thursday at the headquarters of the command in Hawaii. It is part of Song's five-day visit to the U.S. which started Tuesday.

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Minor opposition party head faces graft probe

SEOUL -- Prosecutors said Friday they will launch an investigation early next week into allegations that the head of the conservative opposition Bareun Party received kickbacks from a businesswoman in return for favors.

A news report on Thursday carried the claim by the 65-year-old businesswoman, only identified by her surname Oak, that she gave cash and gifts worth about 60 million won (US$53,400) to Rep. Lee Hye-hoon over a dozen occasions from October 2015 to March this year.

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N. Korea condemns U.S.-Japan military cooperation

SEOUL -- North Korea said Friday its latest missile firing is a warning against increasing military cooperation between Japan and the U.S., comparing it to their secret deal in 1905 that paved the way to Tokyo's colonization of Korea.

On Tuesday, the North fired a Hwasong-12 intermediate range ballistic missile over northern Japan into the Pacific Ocean, sending the country on high alert.

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No. of S. Koreans traveling to China continues to drop amid THAAD row: data

SEOUL -- The number of South Koreans traveling to China continued to drop in August, with more people opting to fly to Japan or Southeast Asia instead, industry data showed Friday, as the ongoing diplomatic spat between Seoul and Beijing over the deployment of a U.S. missile defense system does not show signs of letting up.

According to the data by Hana Tour, the country's No. 1 travel agency, 320,000 people took overseas trips through its tours offered last month, up 13 percent from the previous year.

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Top diplomats of S. Korea, 5 Mekong nations agree to closer cooperation

BUSAN -- The top diplomats of South Korea and a group of five countries surrounding the Mekong River agreed on Friday to strengthen diplomatic and economic cooperation in their annual meeting held in the southern port city of Busan.

The 7th Mekong-Republic of Korea Foreign Ministers' Meeting co-chaired by Korean Foreign Minister Kang Kyung-wha and Lao Foreign Minister Saleumxay Kommasith adopted a three-year action plan outlining the vision for cooperation between the two regions, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs here said.

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