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2017/09/12 13:30

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

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(2nd LD) UNSC-NK sanctions

(2nd LD) U.N. Security Council unanimously adopts new sanctions against N. Korea

(ATTN: UPDATES with U.S. ambassador's comments in paras 5-8, expert's remarks in last 4 paras)

NEW YORK, Sept. 11 (Yonhap) -- The U.N. Security Council unanimously adopted new sanctions against North Korea on Monday, imposing caps on its imports of oil but stopping short of measures that could cripple the regime.

The move comes in the wake of North Korea's sixth and most powerful nuclear test on Sept. 3.

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(2nd LD) UNSC-resolution

(2nd LD) Seoul says UNSC resolution shows int'l resolve not to tolerate N.K. nukes

(ATTN: UPDATES with statement from presidential spokesman in last 3 paras)

SEOUL, Sept. 12 (Yonhap) -- South Korea on Tuesday welcomed the U.N. Security Council's adoption of a set of fresh sanctions against North Korea, saying the move is sending a "grave" warning to Pyongyang that its continued provocations will only deepen its diplomatic and economic challenges.

On Monday (U.S. time), the Security Council unanimously adopted Resolution 2375 against North Korea that includes a freeze on its imports of crude oil at current levels of 4 million barrels a year and a cap on imports of refined petroleum products at 2 million barrels annually.

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(News Focus) UNSC sanctions-impact

(News Focus) UNSC resolution insufficient to change N.K. behavior, signals tougher action ready: experts

By Koh Byung-joon

SEOUL, Sept. 12 (Yonhap) -- The U.N. Security Council's adoption of fresh sanctions against North Korea is not enough to induce a marked change in its behavior but is still meaningful in that, by targeting oil supplies to the country for the first time, it signals a strong warning that tougher action remains ready to be taken, experts said Tuesday.

On Monday (local time), the UNSC unanimously adopted Resolution 2375 that includes a freeze on its imports of crude oil at the current levels of 4 million barrels a year and a cap on imports of refined petroleum products at 2 million barrels annually.

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US lawmakers-Trump-Korea

Ranking U.S. lawmakers urge Trump to strengthen Korea alliance

WASHINGTON, Sept. 11 (Yonhap) -- Two ranking U.S. lawmakers urged President Donald Trump on Monday to bolster Washington's alliance with South Korea in the face of North Korea's escalating threat and China's growing regional influence.

Rep. Ed Royce (R-CA), chairman of the House committee on foreign affairs, and Rep. Ted Yoho (R-FL), chairman of the subcommittee on Asia and the Pacific, said it was clear the bilateral relationship has never been more important in their letter to Trump reflecting on their recent trip to South Korea.

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S Korea-UN detainees in NK

S. Korea to ask U.N. to look into fate of detainees in N.K.

SEOUL, Sept. 12 (Yonhap) -- South Korea's human rights watchdog said Tuesday that it has decided to petition the U.N. special rapporteur on North Korean human rights to investigate whether South Koreans detained in North Korea are alive.

The decision was made at a plenary session of the National Human Rights Commission (NRC) Monday, in which a case on measures to secure the safety of the South Korean detainees, submitted by the NRC's special committee on North Korean human rights, was handled, an NRC official said.

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parties-nominee rejection

Acrimony grows in parliament after rejection of court chief nominee

SEOUL, Sept. 12 (Yonhap) -- A sense of acrimony hung over parliament Tuesday as the ruling party smarted from an unexpected parliamentary defeat a day earlier, with opposition parties upping their offensive against it.

The Democratic Party (DP) failed Monday to secure parliamentary approval for President Moon Jae-in's pick for the Constitutional Court chief -- a mishap its rivals blamed for its lack of efforts to build cooperative ties with the opposition bloc that leads the National Assembly.

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public agencies-staff settlement

Nearly 40 pct of province-based public agency staff live alone

SEOUL, Sept. 12 (Yonhap) -- Nearly 40 percent of workers at public institutions based in provincial cities in South Korea live away from their families, a report said Tuesday, while calling for measures to help more live with their families.

A decade ago, South Korea designated 10 "innovation cities" across the nation and relocated the headquarters of 115 public organizations to those cities to promote balanced regional growth.

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