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Yonhap News Summary

All Headlines 17:08 October 04, 2016

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

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S. Korea voices regret over N.K.'s insults against Park over speech

SEOUL -- South Korea on Tuesday expressed strong regret over Pyongyang's insults against President Park Geun-hye as she has encouraged North Koreans to defect and find freedom.

Rodong Sinmun, the North's main newspaper, slammed Park for delivering a speech on Saturday, South Korea's Armed Forces Day, in which she said South Korea will keep the road open for North Koreans to find new hopes and lives in the South.

An official at Seoul's unification ministry, voiced strong regret over North Korea's hurling of insults to Park.

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Hanjin Group chief apologizes for cargo chaos

SEOUL -- The chief of the Hanjin Group, the parent company of cash-strapped Hanjin Shipping Co., apologized on Tuesday for its shipping affiliate's court receivership causing cargo chaos around the globe, but stressed that the country's No. 1 shipper should be salvaged regardless of its ownership.

Early last month, Hanjin Shipping, the world's seventh-largest shipping line, was put under receivership as its creditors, led by the state-run Korea Development Bank, rejected its latest self-rescue package worth 500 billion won (US$451 million), which fell short of the 700 billion won demanded by its creditors.

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(LEAD) S. Korea to put priority on healing victims of Japan's sexual enslavement

SEOUL -- South Korea will place top priority on restoring the dignity of Japan's wartime sex slaves, a foreign ministry spokesman said Tuesday, in reaction to the Japanese prime minister's refusal to send apology letters to the victims.

Prime Minister Shinzo Abe told a diet budgetary committee on Monday that he "is not considering at all" sending letters of apology to the so-called comfort women who were forced to provide sexual services to the imperial Japanese military forces during World War II.

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S. Korea's auto sales shrink 2.1 pct in Sept.

SEOUL -- Global sales of vehicles produced in South Korea shrank from a year earlier last month as domestic sales of the two largest carmakers here suffered huge setbacks due to reduced outputs caused by labor strikes, the companies' data showed Tuesday.

In September, the combined sales of five automakers here came to 693,529, down 2.1 percent from the 708,524 sold globally in the same month last year.

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U.S. joins drill in tense inter-Korean border region

SEOUL -- The U.S. has sent marines to the tense western sea border region facing North Korea in an ongoing drill aimed at countering Pyongyang's relentless provocations.

In the joint exercise that ends on Wednesday, some 200 U.S. marines and 120 of their South Korean counterparts are taking part in a bilateral training exercise that aims to strengthen the allies' military capabilities and interoperability, South Korea's Marine Corps said in a statement.

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Gov't to beef up earthquake preparedness following record quake

SEOUL -- South Korea's government said Tuesday it has formed a special task force to improve measures to better counter earthquakes after two strong quakes hit the country's southern city last month.

The Ministry of Public Safety and Security said the team will prepare comprehensive measures, including ways to improve the country's disaster alert system and education program for citizens, in order not to repeat similar problems that occurred during the latest quake.

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'One-stop' reporting system introduced for lost credit cards

SEOUL -- South Korea said Tuesday it will introduce a new system to enable reporting multiple credit cards lost or stolen with just a single phone call.

So far, card holders have been required to report separately to each card issuer.

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Drug agency retains approval of Hanmi's controversial lung cancer drug

SEOUL -- South Korea's health authorities said Tuesday that they have decided to "conditionally" maintain sales approval for a controversial lung cancer treatment developed by the country's leading drugmaker Hanmi Pharmaceutical Co. amid side effect concerns.

The Ministry of Food and Drug Safety (MFDS) said it will maintain an earlier decision to approve the sale of "Olita" -- a therapy for patients who have developed a tolerance to existing lung cancer treatments-- in the local market, as long as the concerned patients are given a full explanation of its possible side effects and give consent.

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(News Focus) Hopes grow over new culture being forged by new anti-graft law

SEOUL -- Less than a week after a landmark anti-graft law took effect, hopes are growing that a new culture will emerge to make South Koreans more averse to any irregular or unfair practice, particularly involving the public sector.

Despite lingering objections to parts of the law over possible ramifications, a raft of changes are taking place in the way people associate with their work-related counterparts, teachers, journalists and even colleagues.
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