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Yonhap News Summary

All News 13:30 April 11, 2017

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

(LEAD) N.K. vows to take 'toughest' military actions as U.S. sends aircraft carrier

SEOUL -- North Korea vowed Tuesday to take the "toughest" counteraction against the United States as Washington is sending its strategic assets near the Korean Peninsula for what the North calls an invasion of Pyongyang.

The North's warning was made after the U.S. dispatched the USS Carl Vinson, a nuclear-powered aircraft carrier, again to waters off the divided peninsula amid signs of the North's provocations.

S. Korean economy shows some signs of recovery

SEJONG -- South Korea's economy is showing some signs of a recovery led by a steady rise in exports, investment and an upturn in private consumption, a government report said Tuesday.

"As exports-led momentum boosted production and investment and private consumption bottomed out in recent months, the South Korean economy seems to present some signs of a turnaround," the finance ministry said in its monthly economy assessment report called the "Green Book."

(LEAD) Seoul says U.S. won't unilaterally act against North without 'cooperation' with ally

SEOUL -- South Korea's defense ministry said Tuesday the Donald Trump administration won't take any substantive military action against North Korea without "close cooperation" with Seoul.

It cited the spirit of the bilateral alliance that dates back to the 1950-53 Korean War.

Court holds hearing on arrest of ex-presidential secretary over scandal

SEOUL -- A Seoul court held a hearing Tuesday to decide whether to issue a warrant to arrest a former presidential aide in connection with a corruption scandal that led to the ouster of President Park Geun-hye.

Woo Byung-woo, former senior presidential secretary for civil affairs from 2015 to 2016, appeared at the Seoul Central District Court to attend the hearing that began at 10:30 a.m. The court is expected to make a decision late at night or early the next morning.

Hyundai Motor ordered to recall 68,000 Genesis, Equus sedans for faulty canisters

SEOUL -- Hyundai Motor Co., the country's top automaker, was ordered to recall some 68,000 units of its Genesis and Equus large sedans for faulty fuel vapor canisters, the transportation ministry said Tuesday.

The Ministry of Land, Infrastructure and Transport said the affected vehicles were produced in 2011.

China orders trading firms to return coal imports from N. Korea: report

WASHINGTON -- China's government has issued an official directive ordering trading firms to return their coal imports from North Korea after banning coal imports from the communist neighbor for the rest of the year, a news report said Monday.

Reuters cited an unidentified source at Dandong Chengtai Trade Co., the biggest buyer of North Korean coal, as saying that about 2 million tons of North Korean coal are at various ports in China waiting to be returned.

Google's investment 'not decided': LG Display

SEOUL -- LG Display Co. said Tuesday that nothing has been decided on the latest rumor in the market surrounding U.S. Internet giant Google Inc.'s potential investment in the company.

Through a regulatory filing requested by the Korea Exchange, the main bourse operator, LG Display said nothing has been concluded on the matter just saying that various clients have been taking a closer look at the global market for flexible organic light-emitting diode (OLED) products.

S. Korean U-20 team to play friendly with Asian club football champs

SEOUL -- The South Korean national under-20 football team will play a friendly with defending Asian club football champions later this month to tune up for the upcoming FIFA competition, the sport's national governing body said Tuesday.

The Korea Football Association (KFA) said the U-20 team will have a friendly match with Jeonbuk Hyundai Motors on April 26 in Jeonju, North Jeolla Province, to check their preparations for the FIFA U-20 World Cup which will be staged from May 20 to June 11 in six local cities.

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