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Yonhap News Summary

All News 17:30 July 15, 2016

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

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Nuclear envoys of S. Korea, U.S. to hold talks in Hawaii

SEOUL -- Nuclear envoys of South Korea and the United States will meet this week to have "in-depth" talks on a wide range of issues, including North Korea's nuclear and missile threats, Seoul's foreign ministry said Friday.

The meeting will be held on Friday (local time) in Hawaii between Kim Hong-kyun, South Korea's Special Representative for Korean Peninsula Peace and Security Affairs, and Sung Kim, the U.S. special representative for North Korea policy, according to the ministry.

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(LEAD) Naver's Line Corp., big hit in Tokyo, New York stock markets

SEOUL -- Line Corp., a Japan-based global chat app operator, successfully debuted on the Tokyo Stock Exchange on Friday following a strong start on Wall Street overnight.

The subsidiary of South Korea's dominant internet service firm Naver Corp. finished at 4,345 yen (US$41), up 32 percent from the IPO price, heralding a successful debut. Line sold a total of 13 million shares in Tokyo and 22 million on Wall Street.

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(3rd LD) S. Korea, U.S., Japan condemn N. Korea's nuclear, missile provocations

SEOUL -- The No. 2 diplomats from South Korea, the United States and Japan strongly condemned North Korea's nuclear and missile provocations as they agreed to step up cooperation for the North's denuclearization, Seoul's foreign ministry said Friday.

The agreement came during a trilateral meeting between South Korean First Vice Foreign Minister Lim Sung-nam, U.S. Deputy Secretary of State Antony Blinken and Japanese Vice Foreign Minister Shinsuke Sugiyama in Honolulu, Hawaii, on Thursday (local time), the ministry said in a press release.

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(2nd LD) PM visits Seongju to alleviate concerns over THAAD deployment

SEOUL -- Prime Minister Hwang Kyo-ahn visited the town of Seongju, which was tapped as the site for the deployment of an advanced U.S. missile defense system, on Friday, in the face of strong opposition from the residents who questioned the safety and legitimacy of the government's decision.

The trip is seen as a move to alleviate concerns that residents may have about the health issues related to the missile system's powerful radar and questions raised about the fairness of the government's decision-making process.

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S. Korea demands release of nationals held in N. Korea

SEOUL -- South Korea urged North Korea on Friday to release its nationals being held in the communist country, including one accused of trying to kidnap North Korean orphans.

In a press conference held earlier in the day, North Korea said it arrested a South Korean named Go Hyeon-cheol, 53, for committing the crime at the orders of South Korea's state spy agency.

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(LEAD) Seoul shares up again on foreign buying

SEOUL -- South Korean shares maintained momentum on Friday, going up for a fifth consecutive day thanks to an unrelenting buying spree by foreigners. The South Korean won rose against the U.S. dollar.

The benchmark Korea Composite Stock Price Index (KOSPI) climbed 8.49 points, or 0.42 percent, to 2,017.26.
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