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Yonhap News Summary

All News 17:31 August 09, 2018

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


Defense ministry sends two controversial DSC officials back to Army base

SEOUL -- The defense ministry on Thursday returned two controversial senior members of the scandal-ridden military intelligence command to their original Army base, in a disciplinary step aimed at reforming the unit long dogged by allegations of political interference.

The return of Maj. Gen. So Gang-won and Brigadier Gen. Gi Woo-jin is in line with President Moon Jae-in's order to send all Defense Security Command (DSC) members suspected of any illegal activities back to their original bases.


Lawmaker seeks to allow suspension of defective vehicles

SEOUL -- An opposition lawmaker is seeking to allow the government to temporarily suspend the operation of vehicles with safety hazards, the lawmaker said Thursday, a move prompted by a recent series of fires in BMW cars.

Rep. Hong Chul-ho of the main opposition Liberty Korea Party said he plans to submit a revision to the law on vehicles in the near future.

The move comes one day after Transportation Minister Kim Hyun-mee said the government may consider suspending the operation of the specific model and year of BMW vehicles involved in the recent fires. As of Thursday, 36 cases of fire have been reported in BMW vehicles, mostly the 520d sedan.


Budget spending growth to exceed mid-7 pct level next year: finance minister

SEJONG -- South Korea's chief economic policymaker said Thursday that the government will sharply raise next year's budget spending to strengthen its fiscal role in supporting growth.

The finance ministry said earlier it plans to increase spending to create more jobs and expand the social safety net in the face of rising uncertainties, including the growing trade war between major economies and a slowdown in facility investment.


Police question ex-Shinil officials in probe of its claimed Russian shipwreck discovery

SEOUL -- Police on Thursday questioned two former officials of a local company that claimed to have discovered the wreck of a more than century-old Russian warship under water, as they dig deeper into allegations that it may be a scam by a fraudster family.

Choi Yong-seok, former chief of Shinil Group, and his predecessor Rhu Sang-mi are undergoing police questioning over their alleged involvement in the course of the discovery of the wreck of the Dmitrii Donskoi, a Russian warship that disappeared in 1905 during the Russo-Japanese War, officials said.


Drivers file complaint against BMW over engine fires

SEOUL -- A group of 21 angry consumers filed a complaint against six top officials of BMW and its South Korean unit to press for a probe into a recent series of fires in vehicles amid growing worries over the German company.

They lodged the complaint at Namdaemun Police Station in central Seoul, said Ha Jong-sun, a lawyer who represents the plaintiffs.

The six in the complaint include Johann Ebenbichler, BMW's vice president on quality management, and Kim Hyo-joon, chief of the South Korean unit.

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