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2017/09/26 13:30

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


(3rd LD) N. Korea says Trump's words were declaration of war

WASHINGTON -- North Korea's foreign minister said Monday that U.S. President Donald Trump has declared war against his country and Pyongyang will defend itself by shooting down American bombers if necessary.

In a Saturday tweet, Trump warned that North Korean leader Kim Jong-un and his regime "won't be around much longer."



N.K. claim that Trump declared war is 'absurd': White House

WASHINGTON -- The White House on Monday denied North Korea's claim that U.S. President Donald Trump had declared war on the country, saying the suggestion is "absurd."

   Speaking to reporters in New York earlier in the day, North Korean Foreign Minister Ri Yong-ho said Trump clearly declared war on his country by saying in a Saturday tweet that the North's leader, Kim Jong-un, "won't be around much longer."



S. Korean president congratulates German chancellor on election outcome

SEOUL -- South Korean President Moon Jae-in has sent a letter to German Chancellor Angela Merkel to congratulate her on her recent re-election and invite her to visit his country in the near future, the presidential office Cheong Wa Dae said Tuesday.

"I believe the outcome of the recent election reflects the German people's support and faith in the outstanding leadership you have shown, and that you will continue to spearhead Germany's development and prosperity," Moon said in his message, released by Cheong Wa Dae.


'DNA' by K-pop act BTS enters Billboard Hot 100 chart

SEOUL -- K-pop boy band BTS' latest song "DNA" was ranked among the top 100 tracks on American music publication Billboard magazine's main chart, according to its agency Tuesday.

"DNA" debuted on the Billboard Hot 100 chart at 85th, backed by 5.3 million first-week U.S. streams and 14,000 downloads sold, Big Hit Entertainment said, citing Billboard's online report.


Consumer sentiment drops in Sept. on geopolitical risks

SEOUL -- South Korea's consumer confidence fell for the second month in a row in September on the North Korea risk and Seoul's row with Beijing over a missile defense system, a central bank poll showed Tuesday.

The composite consumer sentiment index for September stood at 107.7, down 2.2 points from the previous month, according to the survey by the Bank of Korea (BOK).


S. Korea's foreign minister urges N. Korea to respond to offer for talks

WASHINGTON -- South Korean Foreign Minister Kang Kyung-wha urged North Korea on Monday to respond to her government's call for cross-border talks on easing tensions.

The communist regime has posed a growing threat by aggressively testing nuclear weapons and ballistic missiles.


(LEAD) N. Korea takes no immediate action in response to U.S. bomber flight: spy agency

SEOUL -- North Korea did not take any immediate action in response to U.S. strategic bombers' flight near its east coast last week, Seoul's spy agency said Tuesday, noting it might have failed to fully detect the warplanes.

During its parliamentary briefing, the National Intelligence Service (NIS) also said that after Washington's show-of-force measure Saturday, Pyongyang was seen readjusting the position of its warplanes and strengthening its coastal defenses, according to Lee Cheol-woo, the chief of the National Assembly's intelligence committee.


Moon directs officials to develop 'innovation-led' growth strategy

SEOUL -- President Moon Jae-in called Tuesday for efforts to craft a new growth strategy based on industrial innovation as one of his administration's key economic policy pillars along with income-led growth and fairness.

The new innovation-led growth strategy was first introduced when the president met with U.S. investors and business leaders on the sidelines of the United Nations General Assembly in New York last week.


Oceans minister vows to revitalize cruise market

SEJONG -- Oceans Minister Kim Young-choon said Tuesday the government will seek ways to attract more cruise passengers outside of China with various travel incentives in order to revitalize local market, which was hit hard by diplomatic tension with Beijing.

The nation's cruise industry market enjoyed a boom last year with a large influx of Chinese travelers, but ships have steered away from South Korean ports after Beijing took punitive action in the wake of Seoul's decision to host a U.S. missile defense system in May.


(LEAD) Prosecution seeks additional arrest warrant for ex-president

SEOUL -- Prosecutors asked a Seoul court Tuesday to issue an additional warrant to extend the detention of former President Park Geun-hye, who is on trial in a massive corruption scandal.

Park was ousted from office and arrested on bribery and other charges in March. Her six-month arrest warrant expires Oct. 16.