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Yonhap News Summary

All Headlines 13:00 September 04, 2018

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

Moon appoints new chief of human rights watchdog

SEOUL (Yonhap) -- President Moon Jae-in appointed a new head of the country's human rights commission Tuesday.

In July, Moon nominated Choi Young-ae, chief of the human rights commission of the Seoul city government, as new chief of the National Human Rights Commission.

Her confirmation hearing was delayed due to a prolonged parliamentary deadlock. On Monday, the National Assembly's operating committee adopted a report on her confirmation, paving the way for her appointment.

Hanwha promotes defense industry products in Australia

SEOUL -- Defense industry units of Hanwha Group, a South Korean energy-to-chemical conglomerate, said Tuesday that they are promoting products at a defense industry exhibition in Australia this week.

In Land Forces 2018, which runs from Tuesday to Thursday in Adelaide, Hanwha Land Systems and Hanwha Defense Systems are showcasing a prototype of the AS21 Redback armored vehicle, a self-propelled antiaircraft gun and other defense systems, the conglomerate said in a statement. The AS21 will be an advanced version of the K21 infantry fighting vehicle currently in the South Korean Army, which incorporates the latest developments in protection, maneuverability and firepower.

Cabinet approves proposal to shorten military service period

SEOUL -- The Cabinet approved a proposal Tuesday to shorten the mandatory military service period for South Korean men by up to three months over the next couple of years.

The proposal was part of the defense ministry's reform measures dubbed the Defense Reform 2.0 made public in May. Reducing the service period was one of President Moon Jae-in's campaign promises.

(LEAD) Film about N. Korea defector to open Busan International Film Festival

BUSAN -- "Beautiful Days," a South Korean drama about the agony of a female North Korean defector who settled in the South, is set to open the Busan International Film Festival (BIFF) next month.

Director Yun Jero's film starring Lee Na-young follows the life of a defector who gives birth to a son at an early age and abandons her husband and child to defect to South Korea.

(Yonhap Interview) S. Korean Vietnam football coach grateful to players, fans

HANOI -- Park Hang-seo, the South Korean head coach of Vietnam's under-23 national football team, who has been praised for leading his team to their best-ever finish at the Asian Games, said that he feels happy just to be with his players.

Park's team, which finished second in the 2018 AFC U-23 Championship this year, again made history in Vietnam's football history by reaching the final four at the Asian Games that ended in Indonesia early this week.

Defense ministry to host annual international security forum next week

SEOUL -- South Korea's defense ministry will host an annual international security forum in Seoul next week to discuss a wide range of issues, including the denuclearization of the peninsula, officials here said Tuesday.

The 7th vice-ministerial Seoul Defense Dialogue (SDD) is set to take place from Wednesday through Friday with the attendance of some 250 people from 49 countries and four international organizations, such as the U.N. and Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe.

(2nd LD) S. Korean economy grows revised 0.6 pct on-quarter in Q2: BOK

SEOUL -- South Korea's economy grew at a slower-than-expected pace in the second quarter from three months earlier on sluggish construction investment, the central bank said Tuesday.

The country's gross domestic product (GDP) expanded 0.6 percent in the April-June period, slowing down from a 1 percent on-quarter increase in the previous quarter, according to preliminary data by the Bank of Korea (BOK).

(Yonhap Feature) Is BTS entitled to military duty exemption?

SEOUL -- On Monday morning, many Koreans woke up to the news that K-pop boy band BTS clinched a second victory on the Billboard's main albums chart.

It's been only three months since the group dominated the same Billboard 200 albums chart with the second of its "Love Yourself" trilogy, becoming the first K-pop act to be victorious on the American main music chart.

(2nd LD) S. Korea's consumer prices up 1.4 pct in August

SEJONG -- South Korea's consumer price growth continued to stay above 1 percent in August on a rise of agricultural goods and the service sector, government data showed Tuesday.

The country's consumer price index climbed 1.4 percent last month from a year earlier, decelerating from the previous month's 1.5 percent on-year gain, according to the data compiled by Statistics Korea.

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