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Yonhap News Summary

All News 17:10 April 05, 2016

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

S. Korea, U.S. conduct joint air attack exercise

SEOUL -- South Korea and the United States carried out a joint air attack exercise on Tuesday as part of a series of drills intended to test their combat readiness to counter potential North Korean aggression.

The joint drill mobilized the South Korean Air Force's FA-50 light attack aircraft and the U.S. Marine Corps' FA-18C Hornet fighter jet, the Air Force here said in a statement.

BigBang's T.O.P to debut in Chinese film market with action flick

SEOUL -- T.O.P of the popular K-pop boy band BigBang has been cast as the main role in a Chinese action film, his management agency said Tuesday.

The singer will play a Korean Interpol officer in the film "Out of Control" also starring Cecilia Cheung Pak-Chi, an award-winning Hong Kong actress, YG Entertainment said.

2 of 3 N. Korean anti-aircraft missiles fired last week disappeared from radar: military

SEOUL -- Two of the three surface-to-air missiles North Korea fired off last week disappeared from the South Korean radar, the military said Tuesday, indicating that they may have malfunctioned.

The Joint Chiefs of Staff (JCS) initially said Pyongyang fired one surface-to-air missile toward the East Sea on Friday but confirmed later that two more missiles were launched at that time.

S. Korea to conduct survey on separated families starting mid-April

SEOUL -- South Korea said Tuesday it plans to check the state of surviving families separated by the 1950-53 Korean War starting mid-April to better prepare for possible family reunions.

South Korea's Unification Ministry said that it will conduct a survey on 65,000 members of separated families by September, asking whether they are willing to meet their relatives living in North Korea.

Finance minister vows efforts towards economic recovery

SEJONG -- South Korea's finance minister said Tuesday that he is making all-out efforts toward economic recovery and structural reforms to tide over rising uncertainties at home and abroad.

"The South Korean government is taking expansionary fiscal policies to revive the economy through external and internal risk management, sweeping structural reform and establishment of future growth engines," Finance Minister Yoo Il-ho said at a meeting with a delegation of Standard & Poor's in Sejong, the administrative capital of South Korea.

N. Korea's GPS jamming targeted at aircraft navigation system: official

SEOUL -- North Korea's continuing attempts to jam South Korea' Global Positioning System (GPS) may be aimed at disrupting the navigation systems of aircraft, government officials said as the communist country continued to send jamming signals on Tuesday.

In a provocative operation that started in late March, North Korea has been sending GPS-jamming signals across the border. The signals began last Thursday and continued on and off into Tuesday, according to military and information and communication technology (ICT) sector officials.

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