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All News 17:53 January 06, 2017

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

(LEAD) Hwang calls for creating growth dynamos based on creative ideas, new technologies

SEOUL -- Acting President and Prime Minister Hwang Kyo-ahn on Friday instructed top policymakers to strive harder to secure future growth dynamos based on creative ideas and new technologies to stay ahead in the increasingly stiff global industrial competition.

During the policy briefing on fostering the country's growth momentum in the new year, Hwang also reiterated his vow to continue "bold and intensive" deregulatory reform to help nurture new industries and create jobs.

(3rd LD) S. Korea expresses regret over Japan's action against 'comfort women' statue

SEOUL/TOKYO -- South Korea expressed "strong regret" over steps taken by Japan on Friday, including recalling its ambassador, in protest against a statue recently set up in front of its consulate office to shed light on its wartime atrocities of forcing women into sexual slavery.

"We express our strong regret over the action taken by Japan with regard to the statue," the foreign ministry said in a comment issued in the name of its spokesman.

Ban considers visiting ferry disaster site, ex-President Roh's home: aide

SEOUL -- Former U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon is considering visiting the site of a 2014 ferry disaster and a late liberal leader's hometown after his return home next week, an aide said Friday, amid widespread expectations about his run for president.

His possible trip to the Paengmok Port in Jindo, South Jeolla Province, and Bongha Village in Gimhae, South Gyeongsang Province, is seen as part of his political activities ahead of the presidential election, that can be held earlier than the originally scheduled month of December.

(2nd LD) Park loyalists reject Saenuri leader's call to quit

SEOUL -- The new leader of South Korea's ruling Saenuri Party was dealt a blow in an unfolding power struggle Friday as he failed to name members of the ad hoc leadership panel due to an apparent sabotage by key loyalists to President Park Geun-hye.

The party's national standing committee had planned to hold a meeting in the afternoon to appoint a first set of members of the emergency committee led by In Myung-jin.

(LEAD) S. Korea to take swift action to deal with fluctuating global situations

SEJONG -- South Korea will take swift action against any challenges from the global economy amid rising uncertainties sparked by the scheduled U.S. government change and volatile Chinese financial market, the finance ministry here said Friday.

In a meeting presided over by Finance Minister Yoo Il-ho in Seoul, the economic policymakers reviewed the current global economic situations and discussed ways to deal with the current headwinds, according to the Ministry of Strategy and Finance.

(2nd LD) Ranking N.K. party official makes first inspection nearly 3 years

SEOUL -- Choe Ryong-hae, a ranking North Korean party official, has visited a steel factory in North Korea's central and west province, Pyongyang's state media said Friday, marking his first on-site inspection in nearly three years.

Choe, a vice chairman of the central committee of the ruling Workers' Party of Korea (WPK), visited the Hwanghae Iron and Steel Complex located in North Hwanghae Province to encourage workers and spur production, according to the Korean Central News Agency.

Police seek warrant to arrest Hanwha chief's son for assaulting bar employees

SEOUL -- Police requested an arrest warrant for the third son of Hanwha Group Chairman Kim Seung-youn on Friday over allegations he assaulted two bar employees the previous day.

Kim Dong-seon, 27, was taken to Gangnam Police Station early Thursday after beating the workers, whose identities were withheld, at a bar in southern Seoul at around 3:30 a.m.

(LEAD) College professor to run for top pro football job

SEOUL -- Shin Moon-sun, a former footballer who now works as a college professor, will run unopposed for the nation's top pro football job, the K League office said Friday.

According to the operator of the South Korean pro football league, Shin is the sole candidate for the K League commissioner election set for Jan. 16. The deadline for candidate registration was Monday, but it turned out Shin was the only one to submit his candidacy.

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