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Yonhap News Summary

All News 17:00 April 13, 2017

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

Presidential candidates voice opposition to war with N. Korea

SEOUL -- South Korea's leading presidential candidates were united Thursday in opposing an armed clash on the Korean Peninsula as tensions escalated over a possible U.S. strike on North Korea.

During their first TV debate, the five contenders explained what they would do if North Korea carries out a major provocation, such as a nuclear test, and the United States responds with a threat to strike the communist country.

Candidates offer similar diagnosis but different remedies for economy

SEOUL -- Leading presidential candidates here were in near agreement Thursday on what may have caused ongoing difficulties facing the local economy, but again remained apart on how to solve such problems.

In a TV debate, all five leading presidential hopefuls noted the ongoing economic slump in Asia's fourth-largest economy may have been partly caused by a drop in household income.

Hwang urges Japan to show sincere remorse over shared history

SEOUL -- South Korean Acting President Hwang Kyo-ahn urged Japan Thursday to squarely face history and show sincere remorse over its past occupation of the Korean Peninsula.

Hwang made the call in an address marking the 98th anniversary of the establishment of Korea's provisional government in Shanghai, China, in 1919. Korea was under Japanese colonial rule from 1910-45.

Pence to send clear message over N. Korea, THAAD during Seoul visit: official

SEOUL -- U.S. Vice President Mike Pence will send a clear message on stepping up joint efforts to curb North Korea's nuclear ambitions and provocations when he visits South Korea this weekend, the foreign ministry here said Thursday.

Pence is to arrive in Seoul on Sunday for a three-day visit aimed to reaffirm the Donald Trump administration's continued commitment to the U.S.-South Korea alliance. Following South Korea, he will also travel to Japan, Indonesia, Australia and Hawaii.

Volkswagen execs deny wrongdoing at first court hearing on emissions scandal

SEOUL -- Attorneys for former and current executives of Volkswagen's South Korean unit implicated in an emissions cheating scandal denied their involvement during the first court hearing on Thursday.

After a year-long investigation, prosecutors indicted Johannes Thammer, who led Audi Volkswagen Korea (AVK) from late 2012, on charges of violating the Clean Air Conservation Act to win sales approval from local authorities.

(News Focus) S. Korea strives to prop up tourism amid China's retaliation

INCHEON/BUSAN/SEOUL -- South Korea's tourism sector, which has been hit hard by a dearth of Chinese visitors after Beijing banned its travel agencies from offering travel packages to the neighboring country, is moving quickly to reshape itself to move forward, industry watchers said Thursday.

Nearly a month into the ban, local tourism and hospitality businesses that had overly relied on Chinese visitors are scrambling to reassess developments and reprioritize their long-term strategies. The shift necessitated by the change includes looking to attract more visitors from other nations and promote more in-country travel, sources said.

(LEAD) Park Yu-chun to wed granddaughter of dairy founder

SEOUL -- Singer-actor Park Yu-chun from the popular boy trio JYJ will marry a granddaughter of a local diary founder in September, his star agency said Thursday.

Park recently got engaged to his girlfriend identified only by her family name of Hwang, whom he has been dating since the end of last year, C-JeS Entertainment said, adding that she is a granddaughter of Hong Doo-young, the late founder of Namyang Dairy Product Co.

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