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Yonhap News Summary

All News 13:30 October 07, 2016

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

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N. Korea shows increased activity at nuclear test site: 38 North

WASHINGTON -- North Korea is showing increased activity at its nuclear test site in what could be part of preparations for a new test, a U.S. website monitoring the North said Thursday, amid concern the regime could undertake provocations to mark a key anniversary next week.

Commercial satellite imagery taken on Oct. 1 of the Punggye-ri underground test site in the country's northeast "indicates continuing activity at all three tunnel complexes that could be used to conduct a nuclear test," the website 38 North said.

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(LEAD) S. Korea makes thinly veiled calls for major powers to cut diplomatic ties with N. Korea

BRUSSELS -- South Korea's top diplomat called Thursday for active diplomatic measures against North Korea over its nuclear test and missile launches in the latest push to punish Pyongyang for flouting U.N. resolutions.

The U.N. Security Council has been working on a fresh resolution to punish North Korea for its fifth nuclear test in September.

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N.K. media's use of belligerent rhetoric hits 3-year high: data

SEOUL -- The use of belligerent rhetoric by North Korea's state media hit a three-year high this year as the North heightened its nuclear and missile provocations, a Pyongyang monitoring website showed Friday.

North Korea's threat index came in at 0.4 as of Thursday, which means reports containing aggressive words accounted for 40 percent of all North Korean media reportings, according to KCNA Watcher, which monitors North Korea's official media reports.

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Park visits virtual reality exhibition to promote VR technology as growth dynamo

SEOUL -- President Park Geun-hye on Friday visited a virtual reality (VR) exhibition in Seoul to provide fresh momentum to her government's drive to nurture the promising technology sector as a new growth engine.

The exhibition, called Korea VR Festival, began its four-day run on Thursday. Nearly 80 companies, including those from the United States, Japan and China, have joined the event held at the Nuri Dream Square, a tech cluster in western Seoul.

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U.S. Amb. to U.N. to reaffirm security commitment during S. Korea visit

SEOUL -- The United States' Ambassador to the United Nations Samantha Power will reaffirm America's firm defense commitment to South Korea during her visit to the Northeast Asian country this week, the U.S. Embassy in Seoul said Friday.

Power will fly arrive Seoul from Japan on Saturday on the second leg of her two-nation visit slated from Thursday to Tuesday, a rare trip as a U.N. envoy to the allied countries.

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S. Korea's import vehicle sales continue to drop on Volkswagen woes in Sept.

SEOUL -- Sales of imported cars in South Korea continued to drop sharply from a year earlier last month following the recent ban on sales of 80 Audi and Volkswagen car models here after an emissions scandal, industry data showed Friday.

In September, 16,778 new imported cars were registered, according to the data from the Korea Automobile Importers and Distributors Association.

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(LEAD) Samsung Electronics estimates Q3 operating profit to rise 5.55 pct

SEOUL -- Samsung Electronics Co. predicted Friday that its third-quarter operating profit may rise 5.55 percent on year, despite a global recall of the Galaxy Note 7 smartphones.

Operating profit is estimated at 7.8 trillion won (US$6.98 billion) in the July-September period, compared with 7.39 trillion won for the same quarter last year, Samsung said in a regulatory filing.

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(Yonhap Feature) Sokcho market offers experience of traditional Korea, and mom's affection

SOKCHO -- Just like other traditional markets in South Korea, Sokcho Tourist Fish Market offers a chance to travel back in time and experience what it was like before the country became one of the most advanced and wired nations in the world.

Such a unique experience, along with a wide range of both traditional and new products and eateries, are apparently worth a trip to this eastern port city of Sokcho to many.

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Annual historical festival kicks off in Seosan

SEOSAN -- An annual historical festival opened in the western city of Seosan Friday, offering a host of traditional activities inside the walls of a well preserved fortress.

The Seosan Haemieupseong Festival, named after the city and the fortified town located some 150 kilometers south of Seoul, has been held almost every year since 2000 to promote the history and culture of the Joseon Dynasty (1392-1910). The town had served as a logistical and cultural hub due to its central location and proximity to China. For similar reasons, it also came under frequent attacks in times of conflict.

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Retirement ceremony scheduled for Pak Se-ri during LPGA event at home

SEOUL -- A retirement ceremony has been scheduled for the South Korean golf legend Pak Se-ri during an LPGA Tour event on her native soil next week, organizers said Friday.

Pak, a World Golf Hall of Famer, will play her final competitive tournament at the LPGA KEB Hana Bank Championship starting next Thursday at Sky 72 Golf & Resort's Ocean Course, adjacent to Incheon International Airport. And the event's local organizers said a ceremony commemorating Pak's accomplishments will take place by the 18th green after the completion of Pak's first round.
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