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Yonhap News Summary

All Headlines 17:41 August 24, 2016

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


S. Korea, China reaffirm shared stance to denuclearize N. Korea

SEOUL -- The top diplomats of South Korea and China reaffirmed Wednesday they will work together to denuclearize North Korea despite frayed bilateral relations over Seoul's plan to deploy an advanced U.S. missile defense system on its soil.

The hastily-arranged meeting between Foreign Minister Yun Byung-se and his Chinese counterpart Wang Yi came on the sidelines of a trilateral foreign ministers' meeting in Tokyo also involving Japan.


(3rd LD) S. Korea, China, Japan vow to lead global efforts against N.K. provocations

SEOUL/TOKYO -- The top diplomats of South Korea, China and Japan on Wednesday vowed to spearhead global efforts against North Korea's continued missile provocations as they held a trilateral meeting to discuss cooperation and other pending issues of mutual concern.

The talks, held in Tokyo earlier in the day, marked the first time that foreign ministers of the three countries got together following the last such event held in Seoul in March 2015. Foreign Minister Yun Byung-se and his Japanese and Chinese counterparts, Fumio Kishida and Wang Yi, attended the gathering.


(5th LD) N. Korea test-fires submarine-launched missile: Seoul

SEOUL -- North Korea on Wednesday test-fired a submarine-launched ballistic missile (SLBM) in waters off its east coast towards Japan, in an apparent show of defiance against the ongoing military drill between Seoul and Washington, the South Korean military said.

North Korea launched the missile from waters near the eastern port city of Sinpo at around 5:30 a.m., according to South Korea's Joint Chiefs of Staff (JCS).


Residents in southern city of Gimcheon to hold rally against THAAD

GIMCHEON, South Korea -- Residents of South Korea's southern city of Gimcheon will stage a rally Wednesday to protest the government's decision to review an alternative site for the deployment of a U.S. anti-missile system.

About 10,000 residents are expected to gather at a sports complex in the city in North Gyeongsang Province, to protest the decision to deploy the Terminal High Altitude Area Defense (THAAD) system and denounce the neighboring county of Seongju for asking that the site be changed.


S. Korea succeeds in mass production of nuclear fusion fuel

DAEJEON -- South Korea's state-run laboratory said Wednesday that it has successfully developed a technology for the mass production of tritium for nuclear fusion energy.

The technology allows the annual production of more than 50 kilograms of tritium, which is one of two core fuels used for nuclear fusion energy, according to the National Fusion Research Institute (NFRI). Another fuel, called deuterium, is naturally abundant while tritium can only be produced artificially.

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