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2017/10/10 13:00

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

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N.K.'s resumption of Kaesong complex violates property rights: Seoul

SEOUL -- South Korea's unification ministry said Tuesday that North Korea should not unilaterally resume operations at a now-shuttered joint industrial complex, as the move violates the property rights of local firms running factories there.

The government said that there are no specific signs that confirm North Korea's reopening of the Kaesong Industrial Complex, though some bus movements and illuminated street lamps have been spotted.

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(LEAD) Allies' wartime operational plan presumably stolen by N.K. hackers last year: lawmaker

SEOUL -- North Korean hackers are believed to have stolen a large amount of classified military documents, including the latest South Korea-U.S. wartime operational plan, last year, a ruling party lawmaker said Tuesday.

Citing reports from the defense ministry, Democratic Party Rep. Rhee Cheol-hee said that the hackers broke into the Defense Integrated Data Center in September last year to steal the secret files, such as Operational Plans 5015 and 3100.

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Defectors fly leaflets into N. Korea on Workers' Party anniversary

GIMPO, South Korea -- A group of North Korean defectors sent about 300,000 leaflets denouncing Pyongyang's nuclear missile development into the communist nation on Tuesday as the North marked the anniversary of its ruling Workers' Party.

Eight members of the Fighters for a Free North Korea, an organization of North Korean defectors, flew the leaflets by balloon from a mountain in the western city of Gimpo near the border with the North around 6 a.m. Ten giant balloons were used to send the fliers.

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(LEAD) Top three LPGA players take battle to S. Korea

INCHEON -- Three of the brightest stars in women's golf today will take their battle to South Korea this week, as the LPGA Tour makes its lone annual stop in the country.

The LPGA KEB Hana Bank Championship will begin Thursday at the Ocean Course at Sky72 Golf & Resort, situated next to Incheon International Airport. The Ocean Course is hosting the tournament for the 10th consecutive year.

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Data shows S. Korea's presence shrinking in Chinese import market

SEOUL -- South Korea's share in the Chinese import market is weakening, likely to fall to under 10 percent this year despite strong exports to the neighbor country led by semiconductors and petrochemicals, trade data showed Tuesday.

Statistics from the Korea Center for International Finance (KCIF), data firm CEIC and the trade industry said South Korean products accounted for 9.4 percent of China's imports in monetary terms for the January-August period this year.

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S. Korea develops submarine combat system

SEOUL -- South Korea has successfully developed a combat system for its envisioned 3,000-ton attack submarine, the state arms agency announced Tuesday.

The country plans to build a total of nine 3,000-ton submarines with its own technology in the Chang Bogo III project and the first is scheduled to be launched next year, according to the Defense Acquisition Program Administration (DAPA).

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BOK chief says talks under way with China over currency swap deal

SEOUL -- South Korea and China were to hold another meeting Tuesday to discuss whether to extend the existing currency swap deal, the head of South Korea's central bank said.

Bank of Korea (BOK) Gov. Lee Ju-yeol said an expiration is not necessarily all that important as the two sides are holding negotiations on the deal.

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Survey says foreign medical tourists generally satisfied, except for language barrier

SEOUL -- Foreigners on medical tours to South Korea are generally satisfied with the services they receive but feel inconvenienced the most by the language barrier, a survey showed Tuesday.

The Korea Tourism Organization canvassed 2,152 medical tourists who visited South Korea last year and found that they gave an average 4.05 points out of five for the quality of service. Medical skills and facilities received the highest points of 4.23. Specialized services for foreigners got 4.08 points.

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