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Yonhap News Summary

All Headlines 17:23 March 04, 2016

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

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N. Korea warns of 'stern' responses against U.N. sanctions

SEOUL -- North Korea warned Friday that it will take "stern" actions as the United Nations Security Council slapped the toughest-ever sanctions over the North's nuclear and missile programs.

"We will mobilize various means and ways to take strong and merciless actions including physical means," North Korea said in a statement carried by the Korean Central News Agency.

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(2nd LD) S. Korea, U.S. launch formal talks on deploying THAAD in Korea

SEOUL -- South Korea and the United States officially launched a joint working group Friday to discuss the possible deployment of an advanced anti-ballistic missile shield in the Northeast Asian country in defense against North Korea's increasing security threats, the Defense Ministry here said.

The joint group held their inaugural meeting at the Ministry of National Defense in Seoul earlier in the day to discuss how militarily effective it will be if the U.S.-built Terminal High Altitude Area Defense, or THAAD, is brought into South Korea, the ministry said in a statement.

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Microsoft opens cybersecurity center in Seoul

SEOUL -- U.S. tech giant Microsoft Corp. opened a cybersecurity center in South Korea on Friday, which aims to join ties with local researchers to root out cyberattacks and crimes online.

The center, marking the seventh of its kind around the globe, aims to gather security-related data such as malicious code and share it with South Korean researchers such as the National Security Research Institute to improve cybersecurity.

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(3rd LD) N. Korean leader orders nuclear weapons to be made ready for use

SEOUL -- North Korean leader Kim Jong-un has ordered the country's nuclear weapons to be made ready for use at a "moment's notice," its state media reported on Friday.

He also said the communist state will upgrade its military posture so that it can be ready to carry out pre-emptive attacks, stressing that the current situation has become "very precarious," according to the North's official Korean Central News Agency (KCNA).

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(3rd LD) N. Korean leader orders nuclear weapons to be made ready for use

SEOUL -- North Korean leader Kim Jong-un has ordered the country's nuclear weapons to be made ready for use at a "moment's notice," its state media reported on Friday.

He also said the communist state will upgrade its military posture so that it can be ready to carry out pre-emptive attacks, stressing that the current situation has become "very precarious," according to the North's official Korean Central News Agency (KCNA).

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(LEAD) S. Korean stocks down 0.13 pct on profit-taking

SEOUL -- South Korean shares dropped 0.13 percent Friday as investors sought profit-taking after local stocks gathered ground earlier this week on eased volatility in oil prices, analysts said. The local currency rose against the U.S. dollar.

The benchmark Korea Composite Stock Price Index (KOSPI) moved down 2.54 points to finish at 1,955.63. Trading volume was moderate at 312.1 million shares worth 4.49 trillion won (US$3.73 billion), with gainers beating losers 484 to 320.
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