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2017/09/06 13:29

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

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S. Korean, Russian leaders hold bilateral talks over N. Korea

VLADIVOSTOK -- South Korean President Moon Jae-in and his Russian counterpart Vladimir Putin held a bilateral meeting here Wednesday for discussions largely expected to focus on how to deal with North Korea and its latest nuclear provocation.

The Moon-Putin summit began shortly after the South Korean leader arrived in Vladivostok on a two-day visit that will include a separate summit with Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe as well as his participation in the Eastern Economic Forum.

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U.S. trade representative wants to amend S. Korea trade deal: report

WASHINGTON -- The United States hopes to negotiate amendments to its free trade agreement with South Korea, Washington's top trade official was quoted as saying Tuesday, as President Donald Trump weighed a withdrawal from the deal.

U.S. Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer made the remark to reporters in Mexico City, where he held talks on renegotiating the North American Free Trade Agreement, Reuters said.

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(LEAD) White House: U.S. focused on N. Korea's denuclearization, not talks

WASHINGTON -- The United States is focused on denuclearizing North Korea through aggressive diplomatic and economic measures that do not currently include dialogue, the White House said Tuesday.

North Korea carried out its sixth and most powerful nuclear test on Sunday, claiming it was a successful detonation of an H-bomb that can be mounted on a long-range missile.

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(LEAD) Corporate watchdog chief vows to reform unfair biz practices

SEJONG -- The chief of South Korea's corporate watchdog pledged Wednesday to carry out sweeping reforms of the local distribution and retail industry to root out unfair business practices and strengthen consumer protection.

Fair Trade Commission (FTC) Chairman Kim Sang-jo made the comment at a meeting in Seoul with business leaders representing the Korea Chainstore Association, the Korea Online Shopping Association and the Korea TV Home Shopping Association.

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S. Korea monitoring possible radiation leak from N.K. nuke test

SEOUL -- South Korea said Wednesday that it is closely monitoring possible radiation traces from North Korea's latest nuclear test, as a post-test tremor occurred due to a collapse in an underground tunnel at the test site.

Unification Minister Cho Myoung-gyon told lawmakers Tuesday that North Koreans living near the Punggye-ri nuclear site could have been exposed to radiation after the detonation.

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S. Korean stocks down late Wednesday morning

SEOUL -- South Korean stocks traded lower late Wednesday morning on overnight losses from Wall Street coupled with the rising concern over North Korean provocations.

The benchmark Korea Composite Stock Price Index (KOSPI) shed 6.99 points, or 0.3 percent, to 2,319.63 as of 11:20 a.m.

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PM pledges to break 'glass ceiling' against women

SEOUL -- Prime Minister Lee Nak-yon said Wednesday that South Korea will continue to work hard to end gender discrimination against women, calling the so-called glass ceiling a "useless barrier" impeding the advancement of human society.

Speaking at an international conference of female financial specialists, Lee pointed out the big strides that South Korea has made to help expand women's participation in all sectors of the society despite the ancient Confucian perception regarding women as inferior to men.

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Gov't seeking ways to discuss U.S. army base pollution with USFK: vice environment minister

SEOUL -- South Korea's environment ministry is reviewing ways to talk with U.S. forces about soil and water contamination on their army bases here, but to an extent that it won't affect the alliance of the two countries, its vice minister has said.

"(The ministry) has a particular concern over the contamination and purification process at U.S. army bases and we're seriously considering ways to discuss the issue with our ally for a solution," Vice Environment Minister Ahn Byung-ok said at a press briefing on Tuesday.

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Ex-lawmakers demand redeployment of U.S. tactical nukes

SEOUL -- A group of former lawmakers Wednesday joined a growing chorus of calls for the Moon Jae-in government to seek the redeployment of U.S. tactical nuclear arms to counter North Korea's escalating threats.

The Parliamentarians' Society of the Republic of Korea made the demand, stressing that Pyongyang's repeated nuclear tests have reaffirmed that dialogue is not an effective method to address the decades-old nuclear standoff.

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(LEAD) U.S. vows full extended deterrence for S. Korea, Japan

SEOUL -- The United States assured South Korea and Japan on Wednesday of full extended deterrence, based on both its conventional and nuclear arsenal, against North Korea.

The U.S. reaffirmed its "ironclad" security commitment for the key regional allies in a working-level video conference on the North's latest nuclear test, according to South Korea's defense ministry.

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S. Korea detects no radiation traces from N. Korea's nuclear test

SEOUL -- South Korea's nuclear safety agency said Wednesday it has detected no traces of radioactive materials, including xenon gas, following North Korea's latest nuclear test.

Defying international warnings, North Korea conducted its sixth and most powerful nuclear test Sunday, claiming it was a hydrogen bomb that can be loaded onto a long-range missile.

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