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Yonhap News Summary

All News 16:24 January 05, 2017

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

S. Korea calls in China envoy to Seoul over THAAD row

SEOUL -- The foreign ministry called in the Chinese ambassador to South Korea on Thursday as diplomatic tensions grew over Seoul's plan to deploy an advanced U.S. missile shield.

Chinese Ambassador Qiu Guohong was summoned by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs earlier in the day, according to officials.

New conservative party convenes promoters meeting

SEOUL -- A group of lawmakers who left the ruling Saenuri Party to establish a separate organization hosted a meeting of promoters Thursday, taking the official step to launch the tentatively named New Conservative Party for Reform.

The planned party kicked off with 1,185 promoters, including the governors of Gyeonggi Province and the southern resort island of Jeju, who left Saenuri to join the new party movement. Former Seoul Mayor Oh Se-hoon also bolted from the ruling party joined the new party.

(2nd LD) Revision on election age uncertain as new party withdraws support

SEOUL -- South Korean opposition parties' bid to lower the minimum voting age before the next presidential election faces hurdles as a planned conservative splinter party on Thursday withdrew its support for the proposal.

The opposition bloc, led by the Democratic Party, seeks to revise the election law to reduce the age limit by a year to 18, a move that polls indicate would benefit liberals who are relatively popular among young people.

S. Korea to start full-fledged probe into N.K. human rights abuses next week

SEOUL -- South Korea plans to launch a full-fledged investigation into North Korea's human rights abuses starting next week by holding one-on-one interviews with incoming defectors, a government official said Thursday.

A new agency tasked with documenting North Korea's human rights plans to conduct interviews with all North Korean defectors who will enter two resettlement education facilities in January, from Monday until Jan. 16, according to the official.

(Yonhap Interview) Filmmaker breathes sigh of relief after 'Master' outdid preceding work

SEOUL -- The crime-action film "Master" has become a box-office sensation surpassing the 5 million viewer mark early this week. But its director Cho Ui-seok was so afraid of the audience's response that he has yet to see the movie's completed version at a theater.

"I have not had the heart to go see the movie out of fear. I was relieved only after my acquaintances left text messages that the movie was 'thrilling.' I thanked them a lot," Cho said during an interview with Yonhap News Agency by phone Thursday.

Financial watchdog vows support for smaller exporters against currency risks

SEOUL -- The chief of South Korea's state financial watchdog said Thursday he will explore ways to support smaller exporters, as they are susceptible to uncertainty over foreign exchange rates.

Zhin Woong-seob, governor of the Financial Supervisory Service (FSS), delivered the message during a visit to an aluminum product exporting company based in Incheon, just west of Seoul. He pointed out potential trouble stemming from increased volatility in the foreign exchange market.

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