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Yonhap News Summary

All Headlines 13:31 April 06, 2017

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

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(LEAD) S. Korea, U.S., Japan vow to closely cooperate against N.K. provocations

SEOUL -- The top nuclear envoys of South Korea, the U.S. and Japan agreed to closely cooperate in coping with North Korea's latest missile test and jointly brace for additional provocations, the foreign ministry here said Thursday.
Kim Hong-kyun, special representative for Korean Peninsula peace and security affairs at the South Korean foreign ministry, talked to his U.S. and Japanese counterparts -- Joseph Yun and Kenji Kanasugi -- in separate telephone calls, according to the ministry.

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(2nd LD) S. Korea succeeds in test of 800-km range new missile: source

SEOUL -- South Korea has successfully test-launched a new 800-kilometer range ballistic missile that can reach anywhere in North Korea, defense sources said Thursday.

It could send another strong warning message to North Korea, which is continuing its nuclear and missile development in violation of U.N. Security Council resolutions, they said.

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Unification ministry turns down Japan envoy's request for meeting

SEOUL -- South Korea's unification ministry said Thursday it has turned down a request by Japan's top envoy to South Korea to meet with Unification Minister Hong Yong-pyo, citing the minister's schedule.

The ministry handling inter-Korean affairs said that the Japanese Embassy in Seoul on Wednesday delivered the request by Ambassador Yasumasa Nagamine to meet with Hong on short notice.

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(LEAD) Allies' security chiefs condemn N.K. missile provocation

SEOUL -- The security chiefs of South Korea and the United States on Thursday condemned North Korea's latest missile test and agreed to craft a strong response to its provocations, Seoul's presidential office Cheong Wa Dae said.

During a 20-minute phone call that began at 8 a.m. (Korea time), national security adviser Kim Kwan-jin and his U.S. counterpart H.R. McMaster agreed to maintain close cooperation over the North's saber-rattling, Cheong Wa Dae said in a press release.

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(2nd LD) Allies seem 'confused' about N. Korea's latest missile firing

SEOUL -- South Korean and American military officials are apparently struggling to determine the exact type of ballistic missile that North Korea fired earlier this week, their public comments and news reports suggested Thursday.

Hours after the launch from the North's eastern coastal area Wednesday, South Korea's Joint Chiefs of Staff (JCS) said "a type of KN-15 intermediate-range ballistic missile" flew around 60 kilometers into the East Sea.

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(Yonhap Feature) After political turmoil, Koreans get wake-call for democracy

SEOUL -- A sweeping corruption scandal and the ensuing ouster of their president wreaked havoc on many Koreans' pride. Institutions were neutered, procedures ignored and the brightest minds manipulated by the disgraced leader and a handful of cohorts seeking money and power.

As Koreans are struggling to emerge from the wreckage, there could be a silver lining -- a heightened democratic awareness among citizens and a fresh political reform movement even among the most deeply trenched old-guard politicians.

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(Yonhap Interview) With a little help from friends, teen hockey player keeps reaching new heights

GANGNEUNG, South Korea -- After scoring a power-play goal against Australia at the women's hockey world championships in Gangneung on Wednesday, South Korean defenseman Eom Su-yeon was so elated that she jumped up and down on the ice.

Soon, her teammates gathered around her and joined in the fun, as South Korea took a 7-0 lead late in the second period at the International Ice Hockey Federation (IIHF) Women's World Championship Division II Group A at Kwandong Hockey Centre. South Korea scored again in the third to win 8-1, but Eom's goal prompted the most exuberant celebration.

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(LEAD) Ex-presidential secretary questioned again over scandal

SEOUL -- A former presidential secretary was grilled by prosecutors Thursday as a suspect over a string of allegations surrounding a corruption scandal that removed former President Park Geun-hye from office.

Woo Byung-woo, senior presidential secretary for civil affairs from 2015 to 2016, appeared at the Seoul Central District Prosecutors' Office at around 10 a.m.

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S. Korea to improve market accessibility for foreign investors

SEOUL -- South Korea is committed to improving accessibility for foreign investors, by encouraging its financial markets to meet global standards, the head of the nation's financial regulator said Thursday.

Yim Jong-yong, chairman of the Financial Services Commission (FSC), made the remarks during a meeting to review the goal of establishing Korea as a regional financial hub.
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