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All News 17:02 July 19, 2016

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

S. Korea lambasts N. Korea's missile launches

SEOUL -- South Korea's foreign ministry strongly denounced North Korea's defiant ballistic missile launches on Tuesday, vowing to take the necessary diplomatic actions to tighten the screws on the communist country.

Earlier in the day, North Korea test-fired three ballistic missiles into the East Sea from its central western county of Hwangju.

(4th LD) N. Korea test-fires three ballistic missiles after THAAD decision

SEOUL -- North Korea test-fired three ballistic missiles on Tuesday in an apparent "armed protest" against South Korea's decision to deploy an advanced U.S. anti-missile system in the country to deal with increasing threats from the communist country.

The three ballistic missiles, two Scuds and one Rodong, were launched from Hwangju, North Hwanghae Province, between 5:45 a.m. and 6:40 a.m., with two flying some 500 to 600 kilometers across the country before crashing into the East Sea, Seoul's Joint Chiefs of Staff (JCS) said in a statement. The trajectory of the third missile still needs to be determined, it said.

Financial guidebooks issued for Filipino, Cambodian residents

SEOUL -- South Korea's financial watchdog on Tuesday published special guidebooks on daily financial services for Filipino and Cambodian residents here, in a bid to help foreign workers and spouses suffering language barriers and cultural differences.

There were around 1.74 million foreigners living in South Korea as of last year, 54.7 percent of whom were from China, 11.5 percent Vietnam, 4.2 percent the United States, 4.1 percent the Philippines, 2.7 percent Cambodia and 2.3 percent Indonesia, according to the Financial Supervisory Service.

N. Korea resumes encrypted number broadcasting

SEOUL -- North Korea has resumed the broadcasting of encrypted numbers, a method used in the past to send messages to spies operating in South Korea, a government source said Tuesday.

The source said that propaganda radio station Radio Pyongyang aired a 12-minute shortwave segment last week during which a female announcer read out numbers on what seemed to be from a book. The broadcast started in the early hours of Friday morning and marks the first time Seoul picked up on such communication from the North in 16 years.

(2nd LD) S. Korea holds team launching ceremony for Rio Olympics

SEOUL -- South Korea set out on its quest for a top-10 finish at next month's Rio de Janeiro Olympics with a team launching ceremony on Tuesday.

Some 300 athletes and officials were on hand at Olympic Hall, inside the Olympic Park in Seoul, along with Kim Jung-haeng and Kang Young-joong, co-heads of the Korean Olympic Committee (KOC), Kim Jong-deok, minister of culture, sports and tourism, and Chung Mong-gyu, head of the delegation.

N. Korean defectors experience barracks life with special forces

SEOUL -- Teenage North Koreans who defected to the South are experiencing barracks life first hand with the country's special forces in a program aimed at boosting their confidence so they can better adjust to life here, the Army said Tuesday.

It said 41 students from Yeomyung School in Seoul are training with troops of the 3rd Brigade of the country's Special Warfare Command.

S. Korea 4th most popular destination for Chinese tourists

SEOUL -- South Korea ranked fourth after Australia, Japan and Hong Kong among preferred Chinese tourist destinations, an online hotel reservation site said Tuesday.

The survey of 3,000 Chinese tourists and officials at about 5,800 hotel-related firms worldwide, conducted by the hotel reservation site Hotels.com, found that 15 percent of respondents said they want to visit Australia. It was followed by 13 percent who selected Japan. Hong Kong was chosen by 11 percent, followed by South Korea, which was picked by 7 percent.

Comfort women film to be shown in 13 Japanese cities

SEOUL -- A South Korean film depicting the tragic lives of women forced into sexual slavery for Japanese troops during World War II will get rotational screening in major Japanese cities starting this week, the film's director said Tuesday.

"Spirits' Homecoming" will go on a screening tour of 13 Japanese cities beginning with Tokyo on Thursday, according to director Cho Jung-lae.

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