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Yonhap News Summary

All Headlines 13:30 August 25, 2016

The following is the first summary of major stories moved by Yonhap News Agency on Thursday.

Authorities to create hanok village in Gangneung

SEOUL -- A hanok village will be created in the eastern coastal city of Gangneung by October, next year, to promote the beauty of traditional Korean dwellings to foreign and local tourists, the government said Thursday.

The Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism said it will construct a "hanok experience complex" composed of 12 buildings where visitors can experience a hanok firsthand. The complex will cover 15,237 square meters and will be built in the vicinity of the Ojukheon House, a major tourist destination in Gangneung.

Bottled water, milk in short supply amid summer heat

SEOUL -- Some South Korean producers of bottled water and milk are struggling to meet the rising consumer demand as an unprecedented heat wave has affected the supply chain, industry officials said Thursday.

Sales of bottled water have sharply surged this summer as more people drank water to fight the scorching heat that has settled in South Korea since July.

Gov't to curb household debts by shrinking new house supplies

SEOUL -- Alarmed by soaring household debt, the South Korean government said Thursday that it will restrict the supply of new apartments to curb demand for mortgage loans.

Unveiling a package of measures mostly aimed at slowing the growth of mortgage loans, the government vowed to limit the development of additional residential areas and scale down the supply of new apartments by state-owned Korea Land and Housing Corp. (LH), among others.

(3rd LD) N.K. leader hails SLBM launch as success, boasts of nuke attack capability

SEOUL -- North Korean leader Kim Jong-un has called the North's launch of a ballistic missile from a submarine "the greatest success," saying his country has full capability to carry out nuclear attacks, Pyongyang's state media said Thursday.

The North's leader observed the launch of the submarine-launched ballistic missile (SLBM) Wednesday, saying it was "the greatest success and victory," according to the official Korean Central News Agency (KCNA).

Household debt jumps 11 pct in Q2

SEOUL -- South Korea's household debt jumped 11 percent from a year earlier in the second quarter despite stricter lending rules, its central bank said Thursday.

The country's overall household debt climbed to 1,257.3 trillion won (US$1.122 billion) in the April-June period from 1,131.5 trillion won from the same period last year, according to preliminary data from the Bank of Korea.

S. Korea's childbirths slide to 6-month low in June

SEJONG -- The number of childbirths in South Korea dropped to a six-month low in June on a low birthrate and late marriage trend, government data showed Thursday.

About 32,900 babies were born in June, down 7.3 percent, or 2,600, from 35,500 a year earlier, marking the lowest monthly tally since December last year, when it hit 31,900, according to the data from Statistics Korea.

EXO's 'Call Me Baby' tops 100 million YouTube views

SEOUL -- The official music video for South Korean boy band EXO's song "Call Me Baby" surpassed the 100 million mark in YouTube views on Thursday.

The milestone came about one year and five months after it was uploaded on the global video sharing site in late March last year.

S. Korea expresses deep condolences to quake-stricken Italy

SEOUL -- South Korea on Thursday expressed "deep condolences" for the victims and their families affected by a deadly quake that recently hit central Italy.

In a spokesman's statement, the country's foreign ministry also hoped that they can move past the sorrow and shock of the natural disaster as soon as possible through a swift recovery of their lives.

UNSC seeking to adopt statement to condemn N. Korea's SLBM launch

NEW YORK -- The United Nations Security Council (UNSC) is seeking to adopt a press statement to condemn North Korea's latest launch of a submarine-launched ballistic missile (SLBM), officials said Wednesday following an emergency meeting on the issue.

Member countries of the UNSC agreed to push for the press statement after the council held an emergency meeting to discuss North Korea's latest SLBM launch at the request of South Korea, the U.S. and Japan, the officials who attended the close-door meeting said.

(Yonhap Feature) Tongyeong: Endless seascape of blue, heavenly paradise for island hopping

TONGYEONG, South Korea -- The southern port city of Tongyeong feels like a box of carefully chosen assorted cookies. It wouldn't take long before any traveler realizes what the city can offer is beyond what one could ever want for vacation; deep blue-green oceans, countless islands, cliffs, beaches, trails and, of course, food.

All year round, trekkers, adventurers and vacationers are drawn to the mild-weathered city to scale mountains of modest height, hop nearby islands and check out seafood markets where you can feast on local delicacies, especially fresh, reasonably-priced seafood.

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