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2017/09/07 13:30

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


(4th LD) THAAD system deployment completed: S. Korea

SEOUL/SEONGJU -- South Korea's defense ministry announced Thursday the deployment of a THAAD missile defense system has been completed in a "tentative" step to counter urgent threats from North Korea.

The announcement came soon after the U.S. Forces Korea (USFK) transported four additional THAAD rocket launchers into its new base in Seongju, some 300 kilometers south of Seoul, despite fierce protests by local residents and activists.


(2nd LD) Moon, Abe vow to seek oil supply cut to punish N. Korea

VLADIVOSTOK -- South Korean President Moon Jae-in and Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe agreed Thursday to push for a new U.N. Security Council resolution with the "strongest" sanctions against North Korea, including cutting off all oil supplies to the impoverished country.

"Regarding the North's nuclear test and missile launches, the leaders of the two countries noted it was time to increase pressure on the North rather than engage the country in dialogue under the current conditions where the international community's condemnation and pressure against the North continue to intensify," Moon's chief press secretary Yoon Young-chan said of the meeting between the leaders.


U.S. official warns of 'multiple contingencies' from N.K. threats

SEOUL -- A U.S. intelligence officer called for vigilance Thursday against a possible miscalculation by North Korea as potential "multiple contingencies" from its nuclear and missile threats could lead to a catastrophic result.

Markus Garlauskas, an intelligence officer for North Korea at the Office of the Director of National Intelligence, made the remark in Seoul, four days after North Korea conducted its sixth and most powerful nuclear test.


PM: Now is not time to talk about dialogue with N. Korea

SEOUL -- Prime Minister Lee Nak-yon said Thursday that now is not the time to talk about dialogue with North Korea and that South Korea is working hard to impose maximum sanctions on the communist nation, including cutting off its oil supply.

"Sanctions, deterrence and dialogue are often talked about as means to stop North Korea's nuclear armament," Lee said during an address at the Seoul Defense Dialogue, a regional inter-governmental security conference.


Moon's approval rating drops below 70 pct mark amid security jitters

SEOUL -- President Moon Jae-in's approval rating dropped below the 70-percent range for the first time this week amid security concerns heightened by North Korea's recent nuclear test, a survey showed Thursday.

In the Realmeter survey conducted from Monday through Wednesday, Moon's public support was tallied at 69 percent, down 4.1 percentage points from last week's poll carried out on Thursday and Friday.


Possibility of conflict on Korean Peninsula rises from 'very low levels': Moody's

SEOUL -- The possibility of any outright military conflicts on the Korean Peninsula remains low, but it has risen from "very low levels" after North Korea's latest nuclear test, global credit appraiser Moody's Investors Services said Thursday.

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. South Korea, the U.S. and Japan are reportedly seeking tougher U.N. sanctions against North Korea, including an oil embargo.


Bareun Party whip slams Moon's security policy as 'big failure'

   SEOUL -- The floor leader of the minor opposition Bareun Party on Thursday decried President Moon Jae-in's security policy as a "big failure," highlighting his hitherto unfruitful approach to rein in an increasingly provocative North Korea.

During his parliamentary speech, Joo Ho-young demanded that the Moon government seek to secure its own nuclear retaliation capabilities and build a multi-layered missile defense system.


(Yonhap Feature) Will Busan Film Festival return to normality after bumpy ride?

   SEOUL -- For many Korean film reporters, autumn brings with it the opening of an international film festival held annually in the southern port city of Busan.

The Busan International Film Festival (BIFF) provides a rare chance for them to see the latest movies from prominent Asian directors before they arrive in local cinema houses and to mingle with other reporters and film industry people from Korea and abroad in a festive atmosphere.


(Yonhap Interview) Chinese artist explores lost Korean tradition

SEOUL -- Through Sun Xun's artworks in various mediums -- drawings, installations and animations -- one might get a glimpse at the sheer size of the Chinese artist's artistic potential and scope.

Indeed, he is considered one of China's most talented and prolific young artists, who is in high demand in the global art scene. Most recently, he featured a 3-D animation "Time Spy" on Times Square's electronic billboard. In 2016, he was among the artists who exhibited at "Tales of Our Time" at the Guggenheim Museum in New York.


Nat'l football team returns home with World Cup ticket

INCHEON -- South Korea's national football team returned home to a warm welcome on Thursday after earning a FIFA World Cup spot.

The men's national football team, led by head coach Shin Tae-yong, returned home from Tashkent, where they confirmed a spot for the 2018 FIFA World Cup after playing to a scoreless draw against Uzbekistan.