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2017/11/27 13:35

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

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Main opposition requests special probe into NIS fund scandal

SEOUL -- The conservative main opposition Liberty Korea Party (LKP) submitted a bill Monday to enact a special investigation into allegations that the spy agency and prosecution have misused their funds.

The move is seen as a counteroffensive to the ongoing prosecutorial probe into the allegations, which the LKP has decried as "politically motivated" and targeted only at discrediting figures from the former conservative governments.

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Ruling party leader to visit China this week

Seoul -- Choo Mi-ae, the leader of the ruling Democratic Party, will travel to Beijing this week to attend an international meeting of political parties and talks with Chinese officials and South Korean residents, her aide said Monday.

During her four-day visit, which begins Thursday, Choo will attend the meeting, titled the "Communist Party of China in Dialogue with World Political Parties High-level Meeting," slated to take place Thursday through Sunday.

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Park's impeachment picked as No.1 issue of 2017: survey

SEOUL -- South Koreans picked Park Geun-hye's impeachment as president as the biggest issue of 2017, followed by the launch of the government of her successor, President Moon Jae-in, a survey showed Monday.

The Realmeter survey of 501 people showed that 47.6 percent of the respondents chose Park's ouster as the issue of the year. Friday's survey commissioned by local broadcaster CBS had a margin of error of plus or minus 4.4 percentage points.

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N. Korea more likely to use nuclear weapons than before: ex-U.S. JCS chief

WASHINGTON -- North Korea is more likely to use a nuclear weapon now compared with before due to the "very, very unpredictable" leadership of Kim Jong-un, a former top U.S. military official said Sunday.

Mike Mullen, former chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, expressed such concern during an interview with ABC television's "This Week" when asked if the use of nuclear weapons looks possible in the future.

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S. Koreans advised not to travel to Bali over volcano risk

SEOUL -- South Korea's foreign ministry advised its nationals Monday to refrain from visiting Indonesia's resort island of Bali, as the Southeast Asian nation has raised the volcano alert on the island to the highest level.

The volcano at Mount Agung has been spewing plumes of smoke and ashes since last week, raising fears that an eruption is imminent, according to foreign media reports.

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Moon's approval rating rises for 4th consecutive week to 73 percent: survey

SEOUL -- President Moon Jae-in's approval rating rose for the fourth consecutive week to 73 percent, a survey showed Monday, after the government smoothly handled the aftermath of an earthquake in the southeastern city of Pohang.

According to the Realmeter poll taken from Nov. 20 to 24, 73 percent of 2,521 adults said Moon was doing a good job, up 1.4 percentage points from a week earlier. It marked the fourth straight week that his approval rating has climbed.

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Gov't, ruling party outline housing welfare program

SEOUL, Nov. 27 (Yonhap) -- The government and ruling Democratic Party agreed Monday to roll out a series of housing support programs tailored to different life cycle stages and income levels of potential homebuyers.

During their policy coordination meeting, the two sides outlined a rough road map for "housing welfare" designed to support young adults, newlyweds, senior citizens and others in low-income brackets.

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Soldier-defector is 'window' onto N. Korean life: U.S. official

WASHINGTON -- A senior U.S. diplomat urged all nations to work together to denuclearize North Korea, saying the recent defection of a North Korean soldier illustrates the cruelty of that regime.

Brian Hook, director of policy planning and senior policy adviser at the State Department, cited the North Korean soldier who dashed across the heavily fortified border into South Korea and was later found with multiple gunshot wounds, along with hepatitis B, pneumonia and large parasitic worms in his intestines.

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