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'Targeted sanctions' on N. Korean regime gain urgency: expert

WASHINGTON, April 10 (Yonhap) -- The international community should step up efforts for "targeted sanctions" on the North Korean leadership before it hands over nuclear weapons to terrorist groups, a former U.S. nonproliferation official said Thursday. "The DPRK (North Korea) looks like a good place for targeted sanctions," said Joseph DeThomas, who served as principal deputy assistant secretary of state for nonproliferation under the Bill Clinton administration. He was speaking at a forum here hosted by 38 North, a website specializing in information on North Korea.

Seoul mulls complaint over suspected N. Korean drones

SEOUL, April 10 (Yonhap) -- South Korea is considering lodging a complaint with North Korea over its suspected dispatch of spy drones to the South in violation of the armistice agreement, a senior Seoul official said Thursday. Three crude unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) have been found near the tensely guarded inter-Korean border in recent weeks, with Seoul suspecting that they came from North Korea. The defense ministry is set to announce the preliminary results of its investigation into the drones on Friday.

Seoul to unveil interim results of drone probe Friday

SEOUL, April 10 (Yonhap) -- The defense ministry will announce the preliminary results of an investigation this week into the origin of three suspected North Korean drones that were recently found crashed near the border, the ministry's spokesman said Thursday. The announcement will be made Friday afternoon amid strong indications that the unmanned aircraft were made in and sent by the North, ministry spokesman Kim Min-seok said during a regular press briefing.

Seoul to send team to Philippines to prevent S. Korean deaths

SEOUL, April 10 (Yonhap) -- South Korea will dispatch a team of government officials to the Philippines to explore ways to enhance the safety of its citizens there following a recent murder of a South Korean woman, the government said Thursday. The plan comes a day after the death of a South Korean woman studying in the Philippines was reported. The 23-year-old college student was found dead late Tuesday after being kidnapped a month earlier.

Seoul to send team to Philippines to prevent S. Korean deaths

SEOUL, April 10 (Yonhap) -- South Korea will dispatch a team of government officials to the Philippines to explore ways to enhance the safety of its citizens there following a recent murder of a South Korean woman, the government said Thursday. The plan comes a day after the death of a South Korean woman studying in the Philippines was reported. The 23-year-old college student was found dead late Tuesday after being kidnapped a month earlier.

Seoul to unveil interim results of drone probe Friday

SEOUL, April 10 (Yonhap) -- The defense ministry will announce the preliminary results this week of an investigation into the origin of three drones that were recently found crashed near the border, the ministry's spokesman said Thursday. The announcement will be made Friday afternoon amid strong indications that the unmanned aircraft were made in and sent by the North, ministry spokesman Kim Min-seok said during a regular press briefing.

6 builders fined for collusion in bid for subway construction

SEJONG, April 10 (Yonhap) -- South Korea's antitrust watchdog said Thursday that it has fined six builders a combined 12.2 billion won (US$11.8 million) for collusion in the bidding process for a subway construction project. Those subject to the fine include Hyundai Engineering

Military secrets leaked from state-run defense agency: lawmaker

SEOUL, April 10 (Yonhap) -- Large amounts of military intelligence have been leaked from a state-run defense agency after its computer networks came under attack from suspected Chinese and North Korean hackers, an opposition lawmaker claimed Thursday. The hackers stole classified information by planting malicious codes and programs into the computer networks of the state-run Agency for Defense Development (ADD), Rep. Kim Young-joo of the main opposition New Politics Alliance for Democracy said in a press release.

Seoul to send team to Philippines to prevent S. Korean deaths

SEOUL, April 10 (Yonhap) -- South Korea plans to dispatch a team of government officials to the Philippines to explore ways to enhance the safety of its citizens there following the murder of a South Korean woman, the government said Thursday. The plan comes a day after the death of a South Korean woman studying in the Philippines was reported. The 23-year-old college student was found dead late Tuesday after being kidnapped a month earlier.

Technical competency of S. Korean SMEs lags world's best: poll

SEOUL, April 10 (Yonhap) -- The technical competency of South Korea's small and medium enterprises (SMEs) stands at an average of 76.6 percent of the levels reached by the world's best companies, a nationwide business poll suggested Thursday. In the poll of 355 companies carried out by the Federation of Korean Industries (FKI), 43.3 percent of respondents rated their technical and engineering prowess at 70-90 points compared to a hypothetical 100 points given to leaders in their respective industrial sectors.
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