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2017/09/28 16:53

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


(2nd LD) S. Korea shows off key weapons in Armed Forces Day event

SEOUL/PYEONGTAEK, Gyeonggi Province -- South Korea made public some of its major weapon systems Thursday, including new ballistic missiles, to celebrate Armed Forces Day in the face of North Korea's brinkmanship.

President Moon Jae-in inspected the weapons and troops at the headquarters of the Navy's Second Fleet in Pyeongtaek, 70 kilometers south of Seoul.


Ex-President Lee raps Moon's drive to remove past ills

SEOUL -- Former President Lee Myung-bak on Thursday broke his silence and castigated President Moon Jae-in's sweeping campaign to address the alleged misdeeds of former conservative governments.

In his first public reaction to a raft of investigations into his associates, Lee warned such a move would hurt national interests and end in failure.

"I am watching these events unfolding in the name of eliminating accumulated ills surrounding the former governments, when the security situation is grave and people's livelihoods are difficult," Lee, who led the country from 2008-2013, wrote on Facebook.


Samsung's Galaxy advertisement wins 7 titles at Clio Awards

SEOUL -- Samsung Electronics Co. said Thursday its Galaxy smartphones advertisement won seven awards from the 58th Clio Awards held in New York.

The South Korean tech giant said its advertisement dubbed "Ostrich" won one gold in short film and four silvers in directing, cinematography, animation and visual effects. Samsung also won two bronzes for editing and music.


Foreign ministry to unveil self-reform roadmap this week

SEOUL -- South Korea's foreign ministry said Thursday that it will this week unveil a roadmap to reform and renew itself after conducting a monthslong review of what needs to be done.

A task force was launched in July to come up with measures to tackle problems deemed to be hurting the competitiveness and structural health of the ministry.


(LEAD) Sanitary pads free from harmful chemicals: health authorities

SEOUL -- Sanitary pads pose no health risks to women, health authorities said Thursday, disclosing the result of their inspection of all products sold on the market.

The Ministry of Food and Drug Safety said it has examined a total of 676 sanitary pads manufactured or imported over the past three years for volatile organic chemical compounds (VOCs) to see if they contain any harmful chemicals.


S. Korea to take market-stabilizing measures to deal with possible FX fluctuation

SEJONG -- South Korea will take market-stabilizing measures if the country's foreign exchange becomes more exposed to volatility due to an external shock, a senior finance ministry official said Thursday.

"Foreign exchange rates will be decided autonomously by the market," Deputy Finance Minister Hwang Kun-il said at a symposium in Seoul. "But the government will take action if the rates experience a wide fluctuation in line with standing procedures."



Ruling party lobs new allegations against former Lee gov't

SEOUL -- A ruling party panel raised fresh suspicions Thursday that the former conservative Lee Myung-bak administration conducted illicit surveillance on liberal mayors and governors, and interfered in elections and the personnel affairs of a public broadcaster.

The Democratic Party's panel tasked with removing past ills revealed a series of documents that appeared to have been produced by the National Intelligence Service and other state agencies under the Lee government from 2008-2013.