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Park asks China to help dissuade N. Korea from nuclear test

SEOUL, April 23 (Yonhap) -- South Korean President Park Geun-hye asked Chinese President Xi Jinping to help persuade North Korea not to carry out a nuclear test, her office said Wednesday, a day after Seoul reported increased activity at the North's nuclear test site. Park made the request when she spoke by phone with Xi on Wednesday morning, saying an additional nuclear test by the North would fundamentally change the security landscape in Northeast Asia as it would spark an arms race and a "nuclear domino" effect in the region, according to her office.

S. Korea, China leaders discuss signs of impending N. Korea nuke test

South Korean President Park Geun Hye and Chinese President Xi Jinping on Wednesday discussed the tense situation on the Korean Peninsula amid signs that North Korea is preparing to carry out a nuclear test. In a phone conversation, Park and Xi "exchanged opinions on the fluid situation on the Korean Peninsula, including recent signs over North Korea's fourth nuclear test," South Korea's presidential office said in a statement.

Today in Korean history

April 24 1915 -- A group of South Korean journalists form an association of newspapers. 1960 -- Vice President Lee Ki-boong resigns following the April 19 Revolution. The student-led popular uprising, which took place after the country's first president, Rhee Syngman, revised the Constitution and rigged the election that year to extend his term of office, led to the end of Rhee's regime after 12 years in power. 1993 -- National Assembly Speaker Park Jyun-kyu tenders his resignation amid controversy involving public officials' secret assets.

N. Korean nuclear test site shows increased activity: Seoul

SEOUL, April 22 (Yonhap) -- Heightened activity has been detected at North Korea's underground nuclear test site, indicating possible preparations for another atomic test, a South Korean government spokesman said Tuesday. North Korea has been watched closely for signs of another nuclear test after it threatened last month to conduct a "new form" of test, which experts say could mean the use of a uranium-based device. North Korea's three previous nuclear tests in 2006, 2009 and 2013 are believed to have used plutonium.

Watchdog presses Hana Bank head to resign

SEOUL, April 22 (Yonhap) -- The South Korean financial watchdog made public on Tuesday the suspected wrongdoings of the chief of Hana Bank, pressuring him to resign after his surprise announcement that he will serve out his term until next year. The Financial Supervisory Service (FSS) reprimanded Hana Bank President Kim Jong-jun last week, banning him from working at financial institutions for up to five years, effectively forcing him into retirement.

Today in Korean history

April 23 1919 -- A group of 24 leaders from Korea's independence movement declares the establishment of a provisional government in Shanghai aimed at gaining freedom from Japanese colonial rule. 1960 -- Prime Minister Chang Myun resigns after a military coup led by general Park Chung-hee. 1975 -- The National Assembly ratifies the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty. 1996 -- Six South Koreans die in a brush fire at a U.S. Army training range near Dongducheon, 40 kilometers north of Seoul.

Watchdog presses Hana Bank head to resign

SEOUL, April 22 (Yonhap) -- The South Korean financial watchdog is about to make public the suspected wrongdoings of the chief of Hana Bank, pressuring him to resign after his surprise announcement that he will serve out his term until next year, officials said Tuesday. The Financial Supervisory Service (FSS) reprimanded Hana Bank President Kim Jong-jun last week, banning him from working at financial institutions for up to five years, effectively forcing him into retirement.

China envoy says N. Korea's threat of nuclear test 'serious'

BEIJING, April 22 (Yonhap) -- China's chief nuclear envoy has described North Korea's threats of a nuclear test as "serious" and noted that Beijing is making diplomatic efforts to prevent Pyongyang from carrying out its fourth nuclear test, a diplomatic source with knowledge of the matter said Tuesday.

South Korea says North may be close to nuclear test

North Korea could well be preparing to carry out a fourth nuclear test, South Korea said Tuesday, citing increased activity at its main test site just days ahead of a visit to Seoul by US President Barack Obama. "Our military is currently detecting a lot of activity in and around the Punggye-ri nuclear test site," defence ministry spokesman Kim Min-Seok told a press briefing. Kim stressed that North Korea's nuclear weapons programme was at a stage where it could conduct a test "at any moment" once the order was given by the leadership in Pyongyang.

Watchdog presses Hana Bank head to resign

SEOUL, April 22 (Yonhap) -- The South Korean financial watchdog is about to make public the suspected wrongdoings of the chief of Hana Bank, pressuring him to resign after his surprise announcement that he will serve out his term until next year, officials said Tuesday. The Financial Supervisory Service (FSS) reprimanded Hana Bank President Kim Jong-jun last week, banning him from working at financial institutions for up to five years, effectively forcing him into retirement.
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