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2017/09/07 17:13

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


(2nd LD) PM: THAAD deployment 'difficult yet inevitable decision'

   SEOUL -- Prime Minister Lee Nak-yon said Thursday the deployment of the U.S. THAAD missile defense system was a "difficult yet inevitable decision" aimed at coping with North Korea's nuclear and missile threats.

Lee made the remark after the four additional interceptor launchers for the Terminal High Altitude Area Defense unit were installed in the southeastern town of Seongju following violent clashes between riot police and villagers opposing the deployment.


(LEAD) S. Korea closely monitors China's further moves over THAAD deployment

SEOUL/BEIJING -- South Korea's foreign ministry said Thursday that it is keeping close tabs on any possible escalation of retaliation by China against South Korea over its deployment of additional launchers for the U.S. THAAD missile defense system.

Earlier, the defense ministry here announced that the deployment of four launchers for the Terminal High Altitude Area Defense battery, in addition to the two already in operation on a U.S. base in Seongju, 300 kilometers south of Seoul, has been completed. It described it as a "tentative" step to counter the growing threats from North Korea.


(LEAD) Samsung kicks off preorders for Galaxy Note 8

SEOUL -- Samsung Electronics Co. on Thursday kicked off preorders for its new flagship smartphone, the Galaxy Note 8, ahead of the official release slated for later this month.

The South Korean giant plans to ship the new phablets to early adopters starting Sept. 15, ahead of the official released slated for Sept. 21.


BOK chief says N. Korea risks heightening uncertainties

SEOUL -- The head of South Korea's central bank voiced concerns Thursday about financial risks stemming from North Korea's nuclear and missile program.

Tensions have escalated on the Korean Peninsula following North Korea's sixth and most powerful nuclear test on Sunday.

South Korean President Moon Jae-in and Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe agreed to push for a more stringent U.N. Security Council resolution against Pyongyang.


S. Korea launches new 1,800-ton submarine

SEOUL-- South Korea on Thursday launched a new 1,800-ton submarine, characterizing it as a "strategic dagger" to strike precisely at a range of targets.

The launch of the diesel-electric submarine wrapped up the Navy's KSS-II acquisition program, which began in 2000, for the introduction of nine 1,800-ton 214-class submarines.


(LEAD) Seoul shares close 1.14 pct higher on eased N. Korean fears

SEOUL -- South Korean stocks closed higher Thursday after falling five consecutive sessions as investors became less concerned about North Korean provocations, analysts said. The Korean won rose against the U.S. dollar.

The benchmark Korea Composite Stock Price Index (KOSPI) added 26.37 points, or 1.14 percent, to 2,346.19. Trade volume was low at 274 million shares worth 4.68 trillion won (US$4.14 billion), with losers outnumbering gainers at 569 to 239.


S. Korea to enhance poultry farming environment

SEOUL -- South Korea will take steps to enhance the overall environment of poultry farms and ban sales of live chickens and ducks to prevent future outbreaks of avian influenza (AI), the agriculture ministry said Thursday.

The Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs said in a joint statement that it will work with a number of different organizations to better prevent bird flu as the country has witnessed several serious outbreaks in recent years, including one that led to the culling of over 33 million birds.


(LEAD) U.S. singer Andra Day, Hyundai mired in controversy over promo tie-in video

SEOUL -- U.S. musician Andra Day and Hyundai Motor Co. were accused of falsely hiring unpaid South Korean volunteer musicians in what was known to be the singer's new music video shoot but was actually part of a promotion project for Hyundai, according to participants Thursday.

Rockin' 1000, an Italy-based music event group, partnered with ad agency Innocean Worldwide Americas in recruiting volunteer musicians -- singers, guitarists, bass player and drummers -- to be part of "a new music video" for Day's song "Rise Up."