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Yonhap News Summary

All News 13:30 December 04, 2017

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

(LEAD) Trump will 'take care of' N. Korea by unilateral action if necessary: McMaster

WASHINGTON -- U.S. President Donald Trump will "take care of" the growing nuclear threat from North Korea by taking unilateral action if necessary, his national security adviser said Sunday.

H.R. McMaster made the remark on "Fox News Sunday" after North Korea launched what appeared to be its most powerful intercontinental ballistic missile last week.

Military conflict with N. Korea closer after ICBM test: U.S. senator

WASHINGTON -- North Korea's latest missile test has brought the world closer to a military conflict with the belligerent regime, a U.S. senator said Sunday.

Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-SC) was commenting on Tuesday's launch of what North Korea claimed was an intercontinental ballistic missile capable of delivering a nuclear weapon to all parts of the U.S. mainland.

Property sector output sinks in Oct. amid tighter rules

SEOUL -- Output in South Korea's real estate industry fell at the fastest clip in October due mainly to tighter government measures to rein in the overheating housing market, data showed Monday.

The seasonally adjusted production index of the real estate and property rental sectors dropped 15.2 percent in October from the previous month, according to the data from Statistics Korea.

Moon's approval rating drops amid N. Korean provocation

SEOUL -- President Moon Jae-in's approval rating dropped from a week earlier last week, a survey showed Monday, amid renewed security concerns prompted by North Korea's latest missile provocation.

In a weekly survey conducted by Realmeter, Moon's approval rating came to 71.5 percent, down 1.5 percentage points from a week earlier. The latest poll involved 2,519 adults throughout the nation. It had a margin of error of 2.0 percentage points and a confidence level of 95 percent.

S. Korea, U.S. begin massive air combat drills

SEOUL -- South Korea and the United States kicked off a major air force exercise here Monday against North Korea's threats, with two dozen U.S. stealth jets mobilized.

The five-day Vigilant ACE (air combat exercise) comes less than a week after the North fired a new intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM) and declared the completion of its "nuclear force."

S. Korea says allies' ongoing air drill is defensive in nature

SEOUL -- South Korea's unification ministry said Monday that a joint air force drill between Seoul and Washington is defensive in nature, rejecting North Korea's condemnation of the exercise.

A spokesman at North Korea's foreign ministry on Saturday denounced the exercise as a large-scale nuclear war drill against North Korea. The five-day Vigilant Ace war games kicked off Monday, days after the North fired a long-range missile.

S. Korea submits KORUS FTA plan to parliament

SEOUL -- The South Korean government will establish a plan to renegotiate the free trade agreement (FTA) with the United States and notify its course of action to the National Assembly, the trade ministry said Monday.

Trade Minister Kim Hyun-chong held a meeting with officials from 20 ministries and government organizations to share issues related to the open trade pact, called the KORUS FTA, and come up with effective negotiating strategies.

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