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Yonhap News Summary

All News 13:30 October 12, 2016

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

(LEAD) Both Clinton, Trump won't take military strike option off table on N. Korea: advisers

WASHINGTON -- Both Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump won't take any options off the table in dealing with North Korea, including a strike on the communist nation, top foreign policy advisers to the two sides said Tuesday.

"The secretary and her team have made clear that North Korea is an urgent matter that requires focused American attention working closely with allies and partners," former Assistant Secretary of State Kurt Campbell, a key adviser to Clinton, said during a discussion in Washington in response to a question about pre-emptive military action against the North.

N.K. spy agency official defected to S. Korea last year: source

SEOUL -- A senior official at North Korea's spy agency defected to South Korea last year, a source said Wednesday, pointing to a rise in defections by North Korean elites disillusioned with the repressive regime.

An unidentified official who worked for the Ministry of State Security escaped to the South last year, the source familiar with Pyongyang's affairs said, in an unusual defection by a North Korean in charge of gathering intelligence and cracking down on ordinary people.

(2nd LD) S. Korea's jobless rate edges up to 3.6 pct in Sept.

SEJONG -- South Korea's jobless rate rose in September from a year earlier due mainly to a protracted slowdown in the manufacturing sector and exports, a government report showed Wednesday.

The unemployment rate in Asia's fourth-largest economy stood at 3.6 percent last month, compared with 3.2 percent tallied a year earlier, according to the report compiled by Statistics Korea.

Samsung shares become more volatile this year

SEOUL -- Shares of tech behemoth Samsung Electronics Co. have become more volatile this year due to a string of negatives including the recent furor over its latest flagship smartphone, data showed Wednesday.

Samsung, the top cap and crown jewel of the local bourse, has seen its share price jump or drop more than 4 percent from the previous session seven times this year, four of them involving the Galaxy Note 7 episode, according to the data by the Korea Exchange.

(LEAD) Samsung calls for fair reading of design patent law in Supreme Court battle with Apple

WASHINGTON -- The U.S. Supreme Court heard a rare design patent case Tuesday in one of the last-remaining legal battles between Samsung and Apple that could reimburse the South Korean smartphone giant up to nearly $400 million in damages it already paid Apple.

Samsung paid Apple US$548 million in damages awarded by a lower court for copying designs of the iPhone. In December, Samsung took the case to the highest court, asking it to reconsider the scope of design patents and how damages are calculated, in an effort to get up to $399 million reimbursed.

S. Korea fall 1-0 to Iran in World Cup qualifier

TEHRAN -- South Korea fell 1-0 to Iran on Tuesday, suffering their first loss in their qualifying campaign for the next World Cup in Russia.

A first-half goal from Sardar Azmoun punished South Korea at Azadi Stadium in Tehran, and handed the visitors their first defeat in the Asian qualifying round for the 2018 FIFA World Cup.

(Yonhap Feature) Historical festival shows slice of ancient Korea

SEOSAN, South Korea -- Closed off inside the walls of a stone fortress, the annual festival that has come to represent this western coastal city of Seosan could be heard before it could be seen.

People walked in through the arched gateways as if they were lured by the perpetual beat of drums and piercing sounds of music played by costumed artists. One by one, they formed small groups in the vast open space of the grass, taking shelter under trees, pavilions and the clear blue sky above.

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