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All News 17:58 April 01, 2016

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

Regional powers call for pressure on N. Korea as it fires missile

WASHINGTON -- South Korean President Park Geun-hye and her U.S. and Japanese counterparts agreed to keep pressure on North Korea over its nuclear aspirations, an official said, as Pyongyang launched a surface-to-air missile in the latest sign of defiance against the international community.

Park also agreed to closely cooperate with U.S. President Barack Obama and Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe for the enforcement of the toughest-ever sanctions resolution on North Korea over its fourth nuclear test on Jan. 6 and a long-range rocket launch on Feb. 7.

Hip-hop singers, producers arrested for drug abuse

SEOUL -- Police said Friday they have booked 10 South Korean hip-hop artists, including singers and producers, on charges of smoking marijuana.

The Seocho Police Station said a 24-year-old hip-hop artist, whose identity was withheld, is accused of smoking the banned substance a number of times from March 2015 till later that year, with his friends and colleagues.

(2nd LD) N. Korea continuing to jam GPS signals: S. Korea

SEOUL -- South Korea's defense ministry said Friday that North Korea is continuing to jam Global Positioning System (GPS) signals in the South in a bid to raise tensions on the divided peninsula.

The announcement came after Seoul issued a warning late Thursday as it detected signs that North Korea has been engaged in radio jamming operations against the South. It said the North's actions have been ongoing for about a month.

(LEAD) N. Korea launches surface-to-air missile: JCS

SEOUL -- North Korea on Friday launched a surface-to-air missile into waters off its east coast, the Joint Chiefs of Staff (JCS) said, a move seen as a show of defiance against mounting pressure to give up its nuclear program.

The North fired off the anti-aircraft missile at around 12:45 p.m. from South Hamgyong Province in the country's northeastern area. The missile was fired toward the East Sea, according to the JCS.

(LEAD) 1 S. Korean killed as tourist bus collides with truck in Vietnam

HANOI -- A tourist bus carrying 22 South Koreans collided with a truck on a road in the northern Vietnamese province of Ha Giang on Friday, killing a South Korean woman in her 60s and seriously injuring two others, a group of Korean tour guides in Hanoi said.

Before the 9:00 a.m. accident, the bus was returning to Hanoi from Halong Bay, one of the hottest tourist attractions for foreigners in the Southeast Asian country. The group said the truck hit the side of the bus, leaving some other passengers slightly injured.

(LEAD) Two budget carriers fined 600 mln won each for flight safety violations

SEJONG -- South Korea's two budget carriers have been slapped with 600 million won (US$524,000) in fines each for breaching flight safety regulations, the transportation ministry said Friday.

The Ministry of Land, Infrastructure and Transport imposed the highest financial penalty on Jeju Air Co., owned by the mid-sized retailer Aekyung Group, and Jin Air Co., a low budget airline unit of No. 1 Korean Air Lines Co.

(LEAD) S. Korean stocks dip 1.1 percent on foreign sell-off

SEOUL -- South Korean stocks dropped 1.12 percent on Friday as foreign investors locked in profits by selling large cap shares, analysts said. The local currency fell sharply against the U.S. dollar.

The benchmark Korea Composite Stock Price Index (KOSPI) fell 22.28 points to close at 1,973.57. Trade volume was moderate at 378 million shares worth 4.78 trillion won (US$4.14 billion), with losers slightly outnumbering gainers 455 to 346.

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