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All News 16:45 September 12, 2016

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

Ex-S. Korea finance minister named to AIIB advisory panel

SEJONG -- A former South Korean finance minister has been appointed as a member of an advisory panel for the China-led Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank (AIIB), the finance ministry here said Monday.

Hyun Oh-seok, 66, will serve as a member of the AIIB International Advisory Panel for two years, according to the Ministry of Strategy and Finance.

(News Focus) Modern hanbok brands infiltrate mainstream retailers

SEOUL -- Modern versions of Korean traditional clothing, hanbok, are increasingly infiltrating local department stores and mainstream retailers, as they have become the latest cool trend among fashion-savvy youngsters, industry officials said Monday.

Many Korean women accustomed to modern garments had dismissed the dragging skirts and cropped cross-collar jackets as being uncomfortable, wearing them only for special occasions like weddings, a child's first birthday or other big family events.

N. Korea can conduct another nuke test at any time: sources

SEOUL -- North Korea is capable of conducting another nuclear test at any time, South Korean intelligence officials said Monday, citing advanced preparations made by the reclusive country.

"North Korea appears to be fully ready to carry out a nuclear test at its Punggye-ri test site on short notice. We are closely watching for any moves indicating another test," an official familiar with the matter said asking not to be named.

Exports drop 3.6 pct in first 10 days of Sept.

SEJONG -- South Korea's exports retreated 3.6 percent in the first 10 days of September from a year earlier, the latest customs data showed Monday, clouding a sustainable recovery in outbound shipments down the road.

Outbound shipments totaled US$13.5 billion from Sept. 1-10, down from $14 billion tallied over the same period last year, according to the Korea Customs Service (KCS).

(LEAD) U.S. delays planned flight of B-1B bomber to S. Korea due to winds

PYEONGTAEK, South Korea, Sept. 12 (Yonhap) -- The United States has postponed its planned flight of a supersonic bomber to South Korea aimed at showing its defense commitment to its key ally due to unfavorable weather conditions, the U.S. Forces Korea (USFK) said Monday.

Two B-1B Lancers were scheduled to fly over the skies of South Korea at around 10:00 a.m. on Monday, flanked by an entourage of one South Korean F-15K and one U.S. F-16 fighter jets, according to the USFK.

Greenpeace files suit against building new nuclear reactors in S. Korea

SEOUL -- The Seoul bureau of environmental group Greenpeace said Monday it has filed a suit against the South Korean nuclear security watchdog to nullify a plan to build two more nuclear reactors in the country's southeastern city of Ulsan.

In June, the Nuclear Safety and Security Commission allowed the state-run Korea Hydro and Nuclear Power Co. (KHNP) to construct Shin Kori No. 5 and No. 6 in the industrial city.

Seoul police headquarters raided over presidential aide's corruption scandal

SEOUL -- State prosecutors on Monday raided the country's police headquarters and its Seoul bureau as part of their probe into a corruption scandal involving a senior presidential aide.

Woo Byung-woo, senior presidential secretary of affairs, is suspected of abusing his authority to get his son posted to a relatively easy job with the police during his mandatory military service.

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