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All News 17:16 June 13, 2017

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

(LEAD) Suspected N. Korean drone photographed THAAD site: S. Korean military

SEOUL -- A suspected North Korean drone spied on the site of a U.S. missile interceptor system in South Korea, military officials here said Tuesday.

The unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) equipped with a Sony-made camera was discovered last week on a mountain in Inje of Gangwon Province near the heavily fortified inter-Korean border by a local resident after it apparently crashed there

(2nd LD) Moon names four more ministers, bringing total to 16

SEOUL -- President Moon Jae-in nominated four more new ministers Tuesday, bringing to 16 the total number of new Cabinet members he has named since his inauguration last month.

You Young-min, a former executive of LG Electronics and head of POSCO Research Institute, has been named the new minister of science, ICT and future planning.

(LEAD) S. Korea concludes sex slavery victims still have individual rights to sue Japan

SEOUL -- Despite a 2015 deal between South Korea and Japan to end a bilateral feud over colonial-era sexual enslavement, its South Korean victims still have individual rights to sue the Japanese government for compensation, Seoul has recently concluded.

The government submitted the position to the Seoul Central District Court in late April upon the court's order to define the legal effectiveness of the agreement signed in December 2015.

Unofficial talks involving N.K. to be held next month: source

SEOUL -- Diplomats and other experts from major countries involved in global efforts to denuclearize North Korea will likely gather next month to exchange views on regional security, a diplomatic source said Tuesday.

Member states of the long-suspended six-party denuclearization talks are expected to send officials along with private-sector experts to the Northeast Asia Cooperation Dialogue (NEACD) to be held early next month in Singapore.

(LEAD) President appoints new FTC chief despite opposition's objection

SEOUL -- President Moon Jae-in on Tuesday appointed the new head of the Fair Trade Commission (FTC) despite opposition parties' objection.

The presidential office Cheong Wa Dae said the president could not waste any more time, citing what it called a serious economic crisis.

Unification minister nominee raises need to resume Kaesong complex

SEOUL -- The nominee for South Korea's unification minister on Tuesday raised the need to resume the now-suspended joint industrial complex following North Korea's nuclear and missile tests.

Earlier in the day, President Moon Jae-in named Cho Myoung-gyun the country's top point man on unification. He is a former presidential aide who played a key role in preparing for an inter-Korean summit in 2007 under former liberal President Roh Moo-hyun.

S. Korean president calls for deterrence against N. Korea's missile threats

SEOUL -- President Moon Jae-in reiterated his resolve to strengthen South Korea's defense capabilities against North Korea Tuesday, while asking the combined forces of the country and the United States here to maintain their strong defense posture to fend off the communist country's nuclear and missile provocations.

The president's call for a stronger Korea-U.S. alliance came during his first visit to the Korea-U.S. Combined Forces Command (CFC), led by Gen. Vincent Brooks, who is also the commander of the United Nations Command and U.S. Forces Korea.

(2nd LD) Hyundai Kona part of carmaker's plan to bolster SUV lineup

GOYANG, South Korea -- Hyundai Motor Co. on Tuesday unveiled its first subcompact SUV Kona in a move to bolster its SUV lineup in the coming years amid growing demand for recreational vehicles.

Faced with sliding sales in overseas markets, Hyundai Motor Vice Chairman Chung Eui-sun has outlined its plan to add five new models by 2020 to its current SUV lineup composed of the Creta, Tucson, Santa Fe and Maxcruz models.

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