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2017/09/21 13:30

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

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(2nd LD) N. Korea says Trump threat is 'sound of dog barking'

   NEW YORK -- North Korean Foreign Minister Ri Yong-ho slammed U.S. President Donald Trump on Wednesday, saying his threat to destroy the nation amounted to "the sound of a dog barking."

   Ri arrived in New York earlier in the day to attend the U.N. General Assembly.

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(2nd LD) S. Korea approves US$8 mln in aid to N. Korea via U.N. agencies

SEOUL -- South Korea on Thursday approved US$8 million in aid to North Korea via U.N. agencies as it seeks to handle humanitarian issues separately from political situations.

The government decided at an interagency meeting to support infants and pregnant women in North Korea, citing a serious humanitarian crisis facing them, according to Seoul's unification ministry.

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Moon to seek support for pressure on N. Korea in U.N. meeting, summit with Trump

NEW YORK -- South Korean President Moon Jae-in was expected to seek U.S. and international support this week for his drive to put maximum pressure on North Korea, a move aimed at leaving no other option for the impoverished North but to denuclearize.

The new South Korean leader was scheduled to make his debut in the international arena Thursday when he delivers a keynote speech at a U.N. General Assembly session. He will be the fourth to speak after the leaders of Serbia, Sierra Leone and Haiti, according to Seoul's presidential office, Cheong Wa Dae.

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(LEAD) S. Korean president invites N. Korea, world to PyeongChang Olympics in New York gala

NEW YORK -- South Korean President Moon Jae-in put on his second hat Wednesday, inviting the world to the Winter Olympic Games to be held in his country early next year.

The honorary ambassador of the 2018 PyeongChang Winter Olympic Games also extended an invitation to North Korea, saying its participation will highlight the possibility of peace and reconciliation on the Korean Peninsula.

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(2nd LD) Vice president of scandal-ridden KAI found dead

SEOUL -- A senior official at Korea Aerospace Industries Co. (KAI) was found dead Thursday in an apparent suicide, police said, amid a widening probe into an array of suspected irregularities at the aircraft maker.

Police said Kim In-sik, KAI vice president in charge of its overseas business, was found hanged at his home in Sacheon, South Gyeongsang Province, southeast of Seoul, at around 8:40 a.m.

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Top court finds ex-KDB chief guilty of slandering Lotte chairman

SEOUL -- The top court on Thursday found a former head of the state-run Korea Development Bank (KDB) guilty of slandering Lotte Group Chairman Shin Dong-bin.

The Supreme Court upheld the lower court's defamation conviction of Min Euoo-sung and a 5 million won (US$4,412) fine.

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(LEAD) S. Korea says no big impact from U.S. decision to reduce bond holdings

SEOUL -- South Korea said Thursday that the Federal Reserve's decision to trim its balance sheet is likely to have a limited impact on Asia's fourth-largest economy.

"I don't think the Fed's decision will have a big impact on the domestic financial markets," Bank of Korea Gov. Lee Ju-yeol told reporters at the BOK headquarters in central Seoul.

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Inspired by Korean alphabet, medals for PyeongChang Winter Olympics unveiled

SEOUL -- Medals to be awarded at the 2018 PyeongChang Winter Olympics were unveiled Thursday, with the Korean alphabet hangeul as their motif.

Presented at a ceremony simultaneously held at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York City with President Moon Jae-in in attendance, gold, silver and bronze medals, designed by local industrial designer Lee Suk-woo, feature hangeul consonants on their bodies.

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