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Yonhap News Summary

All News 17:30 April 06, 2017

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

(2nd LD) S. Korea not accept top Japan envoy's request for meeting

SEOUL -- South Korea said Thursday it has decided not to accept a request by Japan's top envoy to South Korea to meet with the country's acting leader and two ministers for now.

Amb. Yasumasa Nagamine has asked for the meeting with Acting President Hwang Kyo-ahn, Defense Minister Han Min-koo and Unification Minister Hong Yong-pyo amid a diplomatic row over Japan's sexual slavery.

Seoul emphasizes U.S. determination to solve N.K. nuke issue ahead of Trump-Xi summit

SEOUL -- The issue of North Korea's nuclear weapons program will feature prominently in the forthcoming talks between the U.S. and Chinese presidents, South Korea's foreign ministry said Thursday, emphasizing the American side's determination to settle the drawn-out problem.

"The U.S. has said openly and repeatedly that issues of North Korea and its nuclear program will be discussed as core subjects during the U.S.-China summit and it has also constantly stressed a bigger role China should play to resolve the North Korean issues," Cho June-hyuck, spokesman at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, said in a press briefing.

Two Koreas set to go head-to-head in women's football

SEOUL -- The Koreas will go head-to-head in a crucial qualifying match for the top Asian women's football competition this week as they meet for the first time north of the border.

South Korea and North Korea will face each other on Friday at the Asian Football Confederation (AFC) Women's Asian Cup Group B qualifying tournament, which also features India, Uzbekistan and Hong Kong. All Group B matches are played at Kim Il-sung Stadium in Pyongyang.

(3rd 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 amid Pyongyang's reticence about the issue.

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.

(2nd LD) Pension fund undecided on Daewoo Shipbuilding debt rescheduling

SEOUL -- South Korea's state pension fund, one of the key debt holders for ailing Daewoo Shipbuilding & Marine Engineering Co., said Thursday it remains undecided on whether to agree on debt rescheduling measures that aim to keep the shipyard afloat.

The National Pension Service (NPS), which holds about 30 percent of bonds sold by Daewoo Shipbuilding, made the remarks when announcing the outcome of the Wednesday meeting on the troubled shipbuilder.

(LEAD) Xiaomi to sell Mi MIX smartphone in S. Korea

SEOUL -- A local retailer of China-based Xiaomi's products said Thursday it will start sales of the tech giant's MIX smartphone in South Korea, which is expected to bring major changes to the market largely dominated by homegrown Samsung and LG.

G-Mobi Korea, an official local retailer of Xiaomi products, said it has kicked off preorders of the Mi MIX smartphone, which will be shipped to consumers starting April 28.

(News Analysis) Ahn emerges as game changer, looking to duel with front-runner Moon

SEOUL -- As recently as early last week, liberal front-runner Moon Jae-in appeared to be a surefire winner of the next presidency with his poll ratings nearly twice those of closest rivals.

With only one month away, the election suddenly looks wide open with the rise of his old ally-turned-rival, Ahn Cheol-soo, who declares there will be a duel between the politics of hegemony and a quest for unity.

Gov't considers searching for missing passengers before landing Sewol ferry

MOKPO, South Korea -- The government is considering searching for the missing passengers of the Sewol ferry before it is moved to a dry dock on land, an official said Thursday.

Salvage operators have been trying to move the 6,800-ton Sewol ferry onto land at the port of Mokpo, some 410 kilometers southwest of Seoul, from a semisubmersible transport ship. Originally the government wanted to launch a search for the missing victims whose remains may still be inside the wreck after it was transported to land.

(LEAD) Seoul stocks down 0.37 pct on foreign selling

SEOUL -- South Korean stocks ended slightly lower Thursday as foreign investors and institutions sold off local stocks. The Korean won fell against the U.S. dollar.

The benchmark Korea Composite Stock Price Index shed 8.10 points, or 0.37 percent, to 2,152.75.

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