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2017/09/22 12:46

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

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(4th LD) Moon, Trump agree to boost military deterrence, put maximum pressure on N. Korea

NEW YORK -- Presidents Moon Jae-in and Donald Trump agreed Thursday to expand the deployment of U.S. strategic assets to South Korea and surrounding areas.

During their summit on the sidelines of the U.N. General Assembly in New York, they underscored the need to maintain overwhelming deterrence against North Korea, Cheong Wa Dae spokesman Park Soo-hyun said at a press briefing.

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(4th LD) Trump announces new sanctions on N. Korea

WASHINGTON -- U.S. President Donald Trump on Thursday announced new sanctions on North Korea with a focus on isolating individuals and businesses that facilitate the regime's nuclear weapons and ballistic missile programs.

In remarks broadcast live from New York, Trump said North Korea's weapons programs are a "grave threat" to world peace and security and called it "unacceptable" that some provide financial support to the "criminal, rogue" regime.

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Moon heads home after four-day visit for U.N. meeting, bilateral summits

NEW YORK -- South Korean President Moon Jae-in headed home Thursday after a four-day visit here to the United Nations General Assembly where he sought international support for efforts to denuclearize North Korea.

In his first address to the General Assembly earlier in the day, he called for the world body's greater role in helping ease tension on the Korean Peninsula.

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(Yonhap Interview) S. Korean football referee gunning for 2018 World Cup appearance

SEOUL -- South Korea's national football team has qualified for the 2018 FIFA World Cup, but there's one other thing the country is looking to achieve: sending its referees to the sport's showpiece event.

The Korea Football Association (KFA) is pushing for the refereeing trio of Kim Jong-hyeok, Yoon Kwang-yeol and Kim Young-ha to officiate matches at the World Cup in Russia. In order to become World Cup referees, they must earn a recommendation from the Asian Football Confederation (AFC) before FIFA makes its final decision.

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(Yonhap Feature) VR tech expands scope beyond gaming to cover everyday lives

SEOUL -- When people hear the words "virtual reality" (VR), most would think of video games with awkward VR headsets. Some would think of "The Matrix," the movie where the main character, Neo, realizes that his reality is actually a computer simulation and that the Matrix is a VR version of the world designed to keep the human race passive.

Only a few years ago, VR -- which works by tracking a user's head movements in a simulated three-dimensional world -- was a niche business, as the gadgets were not only expensive but cumbersome to use.

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(3rd LD) N.K. leader warns Trump of 'highest-level' actions over his U.N. speech

SEOUL -- North Korean leader Kim Jong-un has vowed to take the "highest-level" action in response to U.S. President Donald Trump's threat to "totally destroy" the North over its nuclear and missile programs, the North's media said Friday.

In a rare statement issued by a leader of the reclusive state, Kim condemned Trump for using "eccentric words" at the U.N. General Assembly that insulted him and his country, according to the Korean Central News Agency.

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Prosecutors raid financial watchdog for alleged illicit hiring

SEOUL -- Prosecutors raided South Korea's financial watchdog on Friday over alleged unfair recruitment of some graduate staff with ties to influential figures including politicians and bankers.

Investigators from the Seoul Southern District Prosecutors' Office searched the headquarters of the Financial Supervisory Service (FSS) in Seoul's Yeouido district and seized documents, according to the prosecution.

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Tesla Model S 90D receives subsidy in S. Korea

SEOUL -- Tesla Motors Inc.'s Model S 90D is eligible to receive government subsidies in South Korea as the country has recently eased regulations involving battery charging time, the environment ministry said Friday.

On Thursday, the Ministry of Environment notified the U.S. electric carmaker of its decision to include the Model S 90D sedan as electric car models subject to a central government subsidy worth 14 million won (US$12,300) and a provincial government subsidy up to 10 million won, a person familiar with the matter said by phone.

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