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All News 13:30 September 07, 2016

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

(3rd LD) U.N. Security Council adopts statement condemning N.K. missile launches

NEW YORK -- The U.N. Security Council on Tuesday strongly condemned North Korea's latest ballistic missile tests as a "grave violation" of U.N. resolutions in an unusually swift move underlining the seriousness the international community attaches to the provocations.

The council adopted the press statement after holding an urgent meeting to discuss the North's launches of three medium-range Rodong ballistic missiles on Monday. The statement's adoption means that even China and Russia have agreed to condemn the launches.

(2nd LD) U.S. strongly condemns N. Korea's missile barrage

WASHINGTON -- The United States on Monday strongly condemned a barrage of missile launches from North Korea as a violation of U.N. Security Council resolutions, vowing to raise the issue at the United Nations and an upcoming regional summit in Laos.

The North fired three Rodong medium-range missiles off its east coast earlier Monday. The missiles flew about 1,000 km and landed in waters some 400 km inside Japan's air defense identification zone, according to South Korea's military.

U.S. welcomes S. Korea's law on N. Korea's human rights

WASHINGTON -- The U.S. State Department said Tuesday it welcomes South Korea's law aimed at improving North Korea's human rights situation, declaring that the North's human rights record "has no parallels in the modern world."

The landmark law, which passed through the National Assembly in March, went into effect on Sunday. The enactment came 11 years after the law was first introduced in the National Assembly in 2005. The legislation has since been a target of political bickering amid ideological differences over how to approach the problem.

Number of N.K. defectors up 15 pct on-year in first 8 months of this year

SEOUL -- The number of North Korean defectors coming to South Korea rose 15 percent on-year in the first eight months of 2016, government data showed Wednesday, as the North's leader is tightening his iron-fisted rule on the country.

In the January-August period, 894 North Koreans escaped and arrived in South Korea, compared with 777 the previous year, according to the data by the Ministry of Unification.

Gov't projects cigarette sales to increase in 2017

SEOUL -- A government report on Wednesday predicted a second straight year of cigarette sales increase in 2017 despite a price hike meant to discourage smoking, giving the state more revenue from taxes levied on each pack.

In the report submitted to the parliament by the Ministry of Strategy and Finance, the government projected a 5.4-percent increase in cigarette sales next year to approximately 3.65 billion packs. This would mean a 5.4-percent increase, or 320 billion won (US$289 million), in the money the state collects from each pack to operate a national health promotion fund and for other taxes, the report said.

Samsung to release new black Galaxy Note 7 in October as scheduled

SEOUL -- Samsung Electronics Co. plans to release a deep black Galaxy Note 7 smartphone next month as scheduled, despite the current global recall over a battery problem, a company official said Wednesday.

The Note 7 is available in four colors -- Black Onyx, Silver Titanium, Gold Platinum and Blue Coral. The silver, gold and blue phones hit stores last month, while the black phone has been scheduled to be released in the middle of next month.

S. Korea fall to 3rd in group in final World Cup qualifying round

SEOUL -- South Korea have fallen to third place in their group after two matches in the final Asian World Cup qualification round.

Uzbekistan have jumped out to first place with two straight victories in Group A in the last Asian qualification stage for the 2018 FIFA World Cup in Russia. After beating Syria 1-0 at home last Thursday, Uzbekistan edged out Qatar 1-0 on the road Tuesday.

S. Korean stocks up in late Wednesday morning

SEOUL -- South Korean stocks advanced late Wednesday morning, as weaker than expected economic data in the U.S. diminished the chance of an imminent rate hike in the world's largest economy.

The benchmark Korea Composite Stock Price Index (KOSPI) rose 6.81 points, or 0.33 percent, to 2,073.34 as of 11:20 a.m.

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