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Yonhap News Summary

All News 13:30 September 09, 2016

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

(3rd LD) Gov't says N. Korea judged to have conducted nuclear test

SEOUL -- North Korea appears to have conducted its fifth nuclear test Friday, South Korea's military said, a move that may be aimed at showing its defiance against the international community.

A magnitude 5 earthquake was detected near North Korea's nuclear site in its northeastern region, Seoul's Joint Chiefs of Staff (JCS) said in a statement.

(3rd LD) Park condemns apparent N.K. nuke test

VIENTIANE -- South Korean President Park Geun-hye on Friday condemned North Korea's apparent nuclear test, saying that its provocation would only invite stronger international sanctions, deeper isolation and hasten its self-destruction.

Park also said the latest provocation explicitly ignored the international community's united position against the North's nuclear program and attested to North Korean leader Kim Jong-un's recklessness.

(LEAD) S. Korea: N. Korea's nuke test blatant dismissal of int'l consensus

SEOUL -- North Korea's nuclear test constitutes a blatant disregard of international consensus on zero-tolerance towards Pyongyang's nuclear program, South Korea's top negotiator on the North's nuclear weapons said Friday, vowing to push forward retaliatory measures.

"North Korea is judged to have conducted its fifth nuclear test in the morning despite the international community's repeated warnings," Kim Hong-kyun, special representative for Korean Peninsula Peace and Security Affairs, said at the start of an emergency meeting of foreign ministry officials. "It was conducted only eight months after its fourth nuclear test."

(LEAD) White House says it's aware of seismic activity near N.K. nuclear site

WASHINGTON -- The White House said it is aware of seismic activity near North Korea's nuclear site as the communist nation is strongly suspected of conducting what would be its fifth nuclear test.

"We are aware of seismic activity on the Korean Peninsula in the vicinity of a known North Korean nuclear test site. We are monitoring and continuing to assess the situation in close coordination with our regional partners," National Security Council spokesman Ned Price said.

(LEAD) Japan responds quickly to N.K.'s suspected nuke test

TOKYO -- Japan responded quickly to the suspected nuclear test carried out by North Korea earlier in the day Friday by convening a national security meeting to discuss countermeasures.

A magnitude 5 earthquake was detected near North Korea's nuclear test site in its northeastern region at around 9:30 a.m., raising suspicions that Pyongyang may have conducted its fifth nuclear test.

(3rd LD) BOK holds key rate steady at 1.25 pct in Sept.

SEOUL -- South Korea's central bank on Friday held its policy rate steady for September, extending its wait-and-see mode for three straight months after sending the key rate to a record low level to strengthen growth for Asia's fourth-largest economy.

In a widely expected move, the monetary policy board of the Bank of Korea (BOK) voted to keep the key rate at 1.25 percent, as central bank officials have recently cited concerns about snowballing household debts and a possible rate hike in the United States.

Stocks sharply down on North's suspected nuke test, U.S. falls

SEOUL -- South Korean stocks traded sharply lower late Friday morning, as investors were spooked by the possibility of North Korea conducting a nuclear test and overnight losses on Wall Street. The Korean won fell sharply against the U.S. dollar.

The benchmark Korea Composite Stock Price Index (KOSPI) dropped 25.77 points, or 1.25 percent, to 2,036.96 as of 11:20 a.m.

(LEAD) Mariners' Lee Dae-ho hits 14th homer; Pirates' Kang Jung-ho stays hot with double

SEOUL -- Lee Dae-ho of the Seattle Mariners has hit his 14th home run of the season.

Lee hit a solo home run off Derek Holland of the Texas Rangers at Safeco Field in Seattle on Thursday (local time). The homer came in the bottom of the second and gave the Mariners a 1-0 lead.

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