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All News 11:58 July 18, 2016

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

CIA director says THAAD deployment is U.S. obligation

WASHINGTON -- The decision to place the THAAD missile defense system in South Korea was taken as part of U.S. obligations to defend the Asian ally from the "exceptionally irresponsible" leader Kim Jong-un of North Korea, the CIA chief was quoted as saying.

"Clearly Kim Jong-un continues to go down a road that is exceptionally irresponsible as far as regional and global security, with his development of nuclear weapons, as well as ballistic missiles," CIA Director John Brennan said at a Brookings Institution discussion last week, according to the Business Insider.

Angels' Choi Ji-man picks up 1st big league RBI, steal in win

SEOUL -- Choi Ji-man of the Los Angeles Angels picked up his first major league RBI and steal in a victory.

Batting fifth, the South Korean first baseman went 1-for-3 with an RBI, a steal and a run scored, as the Angels defeated the Chicago White Sox 8-1 at Angel Stadium in Anaheim on Sunday (local time).

(News Focus) Park's Mongolia trip boosts her drive against N.K. nukes, protectionism

ULAANBAATAR -- President Park Geun-hye's five-day visit to Mongolia has added fresh momentum to her efforts to cement international cooperation in dealing with North Korea's nuclear ambitions and forestall trade protectionism, observers said Monday.

Park also capitalized on her first presidential trip here to renew global attention to the North's human rights violations and promote her policy drive to lay the groundwork for reunification, which she said would offer a "fundamental solution" to various North Korea problems.

Software maker Hancom eyes 100 bln won in sales in 2016

JEJU -- Hancom Inc., a South Korean software maker, has said it is targeting annual sales of 100 billion won (US$88.1 million) in 2016 by reforming itself and moving more aggressively into new emerging markets.

The homegrown software firm said it has logged a surplus in sales for 53 quarters in a row and posted 84.9 billion won in sales last year.

Audi Volkswagen to recall cars over child lock problems

SEJONG -- Audi Volkswagen Korea Ltd., the local importer and distributor of the German car brand, will recall 1,320 units over defects in their automatic child safety locks, the South Korean transport ministry said Monday.

The problems related to the child lock function were detected in Volkswagen Tiguan sports utility vehicles and three other models manufactured from Nov. 25 to Feb. 4, the Ministry of Land, Infrastructure and Transport said.

Shipyard workers set to stage strike this week

SEOUL -- Workers at the country's major shipbuilders will stage a joint strike this week, demanding that tough restructuring moves currently underway be scrapped.

According to the sources, unionized workers at the country's Big Three shipyards -- Hyundai Heavy Industries Co., Daewoo Shipbuilding & Marine Engineering Co. and Samsung Heavy Industries Co. -- and five other smaller shipbuilders plan to launch a partial strike for four hours on Wednesday.

Gov't confirms 142 additional Korean War abductees

SEOUL -- A South Korean government panel presided by the prime minister said Monday it has confirmed an additional 142 people abducted by Pyongyang during the 1950-53 Korean War.

The government launched the committee in 2010 under a special law aimed at recovering the honor of those who were abducted by the North. So far, South Korea confirmed 4,782 people were abducted during the three year conflict.

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