Yonhap News Summary | Yonhap News Agency

The following is the first summary of the main stories released by Yonhap News Agency on Thursday.

Yoon pledges to pursue economic policies centered on private sector-led growth and deregulation

SEOUL — President Yoon Suk-yeol said Thursday his government would pursue economic policies centered on private sector-led growth and deregulation in a bid to weather the multifaceted economic crisis.

Yoon made the remarks during a meeting on the direction of the new government’s economic policy, during which the officials drew up economic plans for the next five years.

Coast Guard apologizes for controversial speculation over fisheries official’s death

SEOUL — The Coast Guard should apologize for previously assuming that a South Korean fisheries official killed by the North Korean military near the western sea border in 2020 was trying to defect to the North voluntarily, officials said. officials from the Presidential National Security Office (NSO) said on Thursday.

Along with the apology, the Coast Guard will also release its investigative documents into the mysterious death of the 47-year-old fisheries officer, who was fatally shot by the Northern Army on September 22, 2020, after going missing the day before while it was on duty near Yeonpyeong Island in South Korea, officials said.

Technical inspection of the Nuri space rocket in progress after a canceled launch

SEOUL — South Korean aerospace engineers have begun inspecting the Nuri space rocket, a day after a last-minute technical glitch in the oxidizer tank sensor forced the country to cancel the rocket’s scheduled launch on Thursday.

The Korea Aerospace Research Institute (KARI) on Wednesday decided to postpone the launch of Nuri indefinitely after the sensor was seen to malfunction during a final pre-launch check at the Naro Space Center launch pad in Goheung, a southern coastal village about 470 kilometers south of Seoul.

(LEAD) South Korea’s new COVID-19 cases drop below 10,000 for 7th day

SEOUL — South Korea’s new coronavirus cases remained below 10,000 for the seventh straight day on Thursday as the country heads back to pre-pandemic normalcy.

The country added 7,994 COVID-19 infections, including 90 cases from overseas, bringing the total number of cases to 18,256,457, the Korea Disease Control and Prevention Agency (KDCA) said.

BTS dismisses team disbandment rumors

SEOUL — K-pop supergroup BTS on Thursday emphatically dismissed rumors that the group would take steps to disband following their recent announcement of a hiatus from the group’s activities.

“We will try to show good performance as a team or individually,” the group’s leader RM said in a message to Weverse, a K-pop fan community platform.

South Korea’s national debt exceeds 1 trillion won for the first time

SEOUL (Reuters) – South Korea’s national debt topped the 1 trillion won ($781.07 billion) mark for the first time amid the government’s expansionary fiscal spending to support economic recovery , according to data released Thursday.

Total government debt hit a record high of 1 trillion won at the end of April, up 19.1 trillion won from the previous month, according to data compiled by the Ministry of Finance.

(LEAD) New infectious disease outbreak reported in North Korea; chief Kim sends medicine: KCNA

SEOUL – New suspected COVID-19 cases recorded in North Korea remained below 30,000, as the country reported an outbreak of an “acute enteric epidemic” in its southwestern region on Thursday.

More than 26,010 people showed symptoms of fever over a 24-hour period up to 6 p.m. the day before, the official Korean News Agency (KCNA) said, citing data from the national epidemic prevention headquarters of emergency. It reported one additional death, with the death toll rising to 73.

Olympic hockey hero dies of lung cancer at 35

SEOUL — Cho Min-ho, who scored South Korea’s first-ever Olympic hockey goal, has died aged 35 after losing a battle with lung cancer.

Cho’s former South Korean club Anyang Halla said on Thursday that the player had died the previous afternoon. Cho had been diagnosed with lung cancer in October 2021, after returning from training camp and exhibition games against minor league teams in the United States.

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