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2017/09/11 13:30

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

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IMF chief says S. Korean economy likely to grow 3 pct this year

SEOUL -- International Monetary Fund (IMF) chief Christine Lagarde said Monday that South Korea's economy is forecast to grow 3 percent this year.

The assessment is in line with South Korea's growth outlook for 2017 made in July.

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Korean mystery fantasy to open Busan Film Festival

BUSAN -- "Glass Garden," a Korean mystery fantasy directed by Shin Su-won, will kick off the 22nd Busan International Film Festival (BIFF) next month, organizers said Monday.

Asia's largest film festival will run in the southern port city of Busan from Oct. 12-21 with a lineup of 298 films from 75 countries around the world, one fewer than last year's 299.

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(LEAD) Military opens probe into 1980 crackdown on Gwangju uprising

SEOUL -- South Korea's defense ministry said Monday it has launched a special investigation team to look into the 1980 massacre of pro-democracy protests in Gwangju under the junta of Chun Doo-hwan.

The special committee will focus on allegations that soldiers were ordered to fire at protesters from helicopters and that fighter jets were ready to support the deadly crackdown that left hundreds of people dead, it said.

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(LEAD) N. Korea warns U.S. of 'greatest pain' over U.N. sanctions drive

SEOUL -- North Korea warned Monday that the United States will suffer the "greatest pain" if it pushes ahead with new tougher U.N. sanctions over its sixth nuclear test.

Pyongyang's threat comes as the U.S. asked the United Nations Security Council (UNSC) last week to vote on new sanctions Monday in response to the North's most powerful nuclear test.

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Moon's approval rating falls for 2nd straight week

SEOUL -- President Moon Jae-in's approval rating fell for the second straight week amid nuclear tensions with North Korea, according to a weekly poll released Monday.

The Realmeter poll put Moon's approval rating at 69.1 percent, down 4 percentage points from a week earlier. It was the first time his support has fallen below 70 percent in a Realmeter survey since he took office in May.

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Ruling party leader reiterates opposition to nuclear armament

SEOUL -- The ruling party leader on Monday reiterated her opposition to growing calls for South Korea's nuclear armament, saying North Korea's nuclear standoff must be settled through political and diplomatic means.

Choo Mi-ae of the Democratic Party aligned her position with that of the government, as conservative parties doubled down on their demand for Seoul to explore nuclear options, such as the redeployment of U.S. tactical nukes withdrawn from here in 1991.

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U.S. senator calls for serious consideration of nuke deployment to S. Korea

WASHINGTON -- An influential American senator on Sunday called for serious consideration of redeploying U.S. nuclear weapons to South Korea.

In an interview with CNN, Sen. John McCain (R-AZ), chairman of the Armed Services Committee, said he thinks "it ought to be seriously considered" in the wake of North Korea's nuclear and ballistic missile threats.

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