tbs eFM 101.3 News http://tbs.seoul.kr/eFm/newsMain.do BLACKPINK Certified Gold By US Recording Industry Association http://tbs.seoul.kr/eFm/newsView.do?idx_800=2366120&typ_800=Z Girl group BLACKPINK's hit song "Ddu-du Ddu-du" has been certified gold by the Recording Industry Association of America. According to Billboard magazine Friday, the song received gold certification in the digital singles category. The four-member band is now the first K-pop girl group to have their music recognized by the RIAA.■ Ron Chang 201908241702+0900 N. Korea Fires Projectiles Into East Sea, Sparking Concerns From S. Korea http://tbs.seoul.kr/eFm/newsView.do?idx_800=2366119&typ_800=Z [Anchor] South Korea's Joint Chiefs of Staff says North Korea fired off what it believes to be two short-range ballistic missiles into the East Sea this morning. This is the fifth such launch this month and the ninth this year. The JCS said intelligence authorities in Seoul and Washington are still analyzing the specifications of the projectiles that were tested, and its military will maintain a readiness posture in case of additional launches. Amos Kim reports. [Reporter] The JCS said the North launched the unidentified projectiles today around 6:45 a.m. and 7:02 a.m. from the eastern province of South Hamgyong. In response, Cheong Wa Dae urged Pyongyang to suspend acts that raise tensions on the Korean Peninsula. After a meeting, the National Security Council standing committee expressed strong concern towards the North's repeated launches even though a joint military exercise between Seoul and Washington has ended. Previously, the North engaged in saber-rattling in protest of the drills, calling them a rehearsal for invasion. The South Korean military also noted that it will share its confidential information on the latest launches with Japan upon Tokyo's request under the General Security of Military Information Agreement. The move drew attention as it is the first such case following South Korea's recent decision to terminate the intelligence-sharing pact following an escalating trade and diplomatic row with Japan. However, following the firing of the projectiles, U.S. President Donald Trump was reported to have said that Washington has a good relationship with North Korea and that their leader, Kim Jong-un, had been very honest with him. Amos Kim, eFM News.■ Amos Kim 201908241702+0900 Trump Says US, N. Korea Maintain Good Relationship Despite Latest Projectile Launch http://tbs.seoul.kr/eFm/newsView.do?idx_800=2366110&typ_800=M U.S. President Donald Trump says Washington has a really good relationship with North Korea. According to Reuters, Trump made the remark Friday after Pyongyang fired off two projectiles into the East Sea. The report also said Trump noted that the North's leader Kim Jong-un has been very honest with him. Earlier, the U.S. leader said Kim had sent him a letter containing a "small apology" for testing short-range missiles and that Kim told him such saber-rattling would stop when a joint exercise between South Korea and the United States ends. The allies' combined command post training wrapped up on Tuesday.■ Amos Kim 201908241354+0900 Up-And-Coming Figure Skater Wi Seo-Yeong Takes Home Silver From ISU Event http://tbs.seoul.kr/eFm/newsView.do?idx_800=2366109&typ_800=Q Rising South Korean figure skating star Wi Seo-yeong has clinched a surprise silver medal at an international competition. At the ISU Junior Grand Prix of Figure Skating in Courchevel, France on Friday, Wi finished the ladies' free skate with a score of 125.32. A day earlier, she logged 65.75 points in the short program for a combined score of 191.07, some nine points behind Kamila Valieva of Russia. Wi is the fifth South Korean figure skater to have surpassed 190 points at an official ISU event.■ Ron Chang 201908241351+0900 Seoul: N. Korea Fired Off Projectiles Believed To Be Ballistic Missiles http://tbs.seoul.kr/eFm/newsView.do?idx_800=2366104&typ_800=U [Anchor] South Korea's Joint Chiefs of Staff says North Korea fired off what it believes to be two short-range ballistic missiles into the East Sea this morning. It was the fifth such launch this month and ninth this year. The JCS said intelligence authorities in Seoul and Washington are still analyzing the specifications of the projectiles that were tested, and its military will maintain a readiness posture in case of additional launches. Ron Chang has the details. [Reporter] The Joint Chiefs said the North launched the unidentified projectiles today around 6:45 and 7:02 a.m. from the eastern province of South Hamgyong. The JCS noted that the projectiles, presumed to be short-range ballistic missiles, flew at a maximum altitude of 97 kilometers and a distance of around 380 kilometers. Citing two U.S. officials, CNN also reported that the North fired off two short-range missiles, as did the Japanese government, which first reported the launch, calling them ballistic missiles. In response, Cheong Wa Dae urged Pyongyang to suspend acts that raise tensions on the Korean Peninsula. After a meeting, the National Security Council standing committee expressed strong concern towards the North's repeated launches even though a joint military exercise between Seoul and Washington has ended. Previously, the North engaged in saber-rattling in protest of the drills, often calling them a rehearsal for invasion. Standing committee members also agreed to step up diplomatic efforts to bring North Korea back to the negotiating table at an early date. Ron Chang, eFM News.■ Ron Chang 201908241205+0900 Rallies Across Seoul To Cause Heavy Delays http://tbs.seoul.kr/eFm/newsView.do?idx_800=2366103&typ_800=P Large-scale rallies and events scheduled to open in Seoul today are expected to snarl traffic. The Seoul Metropolitan Police Agency said some 25,000 people are expected to come together from 1 to 10 p.m. for a number of rallies condemning Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe across the capital, including at Seoul Station and Gwanghwamun Square. Police said heavy delays are expected along Sejong-dae-ro, Jongro, Yulgok-ro and Sajik-ro, and has urged people to use public transportation. They added that detours could be set up along these roads.■ Ron Chang 201908241205+0900 S. Korea To Share Information About N. Korea's Launches With Japan http://tbs.seoul.kr/eFm/newsView.do?idx_800=2366102&typ_800=U The Joint Chiefs of Staff says it will share information about North Korea's latest launch of projectiles with Japan as requested by Tokyo as a military intelligence-sharing pact between the two countries is still valid. The General Security of Military Information Agreement, which Seoul decided to scrap on Thursday in response to Japan's trade restrictions against South Korea, is set to expire in November.■ Ron Chang 201908241205+0900 S. Korea Hosts Four-Nation Basketball Tourney Ahead Of World Cup http://tbs.seoul.kr/eFm/newsView.do?idx_800=2366101&typ_800=Z South Korea is kicking off a four-nation basketball tournament today. Through next Tuesday, the men's national basketball team will face Lithuania, the Czech Republic and Angola at Samsan World Gymnasium in Incheon. All four countries will compete at the FIBA Basketball World Cup, which will run from August 31st to September 15th in eight cities across China. The World Cup doubles as a qualifying event for next year's Tokyo Olympics.■ Ron Chang 201908241128+0900 US Stocks Plunge After Retaliatory Tariff Hikes Between Washington, Beijing http://tbs.seoul.kr/eFm/newsView.do?idx_800=2366094&typ_800=M Wall Street stocks ended sharply lower Friday as Washington and Beijing hiked new tariffs on each other the same day, exacerbating recession fears. The Dow retreated 2.4 percent, the S&P 500 lost 2.6 percent, and the tech-rich Nasdaq plunged 3 percent. Over in Europe, London advanced 0.5 percent, Frankfurt lost 1.2 percent, and Paris ended 1.1 percent lower.■ Woongtae Ryu 201908240931+0900 Brazil's Bolsonaro Authorizes Use Of Military To Put Out Amazon Fires http://tbs.seoul.kr/eFm/newsView.do?idx_800=2366091&typ_800=M Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro has authorized the use of the military to battle massive fires sweeping parts of the Amazon. Brazilian forces will deploy starting Saturday to border areas, indigenous territories and other affected regions to help put out the blazes. According to a presidential decree, the armed forces will collaborate with public security and environmental protection agencies. The move comes amid increasing international pressure to contain the fires. Meanwhile, U.S. President Donald Trump has offered to assist Brazil with the fires, saying he spoke with Bolsonaro.■ Ron Chang 201908240903+0900 Trump Lashes Out At China After Beijing's Tariff Hike On US Goods http://tbs.seoul.kr/eFm/newsView.do?idx_800=2366090&typ_800=M U.S. President Donald Trump has bumped up tariffs on Chinese imports from the previously announced 10 percent to 15 percent after Beijing raised taxes on American products. Trump said in a tweet Friday that he would be raising planned tariffs on 300 billion dollars in Chinese goods to 15 percent. This portion of tariffs is scheduled to go into effect in two stages, the first on September 1st and the next on December 15th. The office of the U.S. Trade Representative also said current tariffs on another 250 billion dollars of Chinese imports would go from 25 percent to 30 percent on October 1st. The U.S. move came hours after Beijing said it would hike tariffs on 75 billion dollars of U.S. imports.■ Woongtae Ryu 201908240903+0900 Liberty Korea Party To Open Rally To Denounce President's Handling Of State Affairs http://tbs.seoul.kr/eFm/newsView.do?idx_800=2366089&typ_800=N The main opposition Liberty Korea Party is scheduled to hold a large-scale rally at Gwanghwamun Square this afternoon to condemn President Moon Jae-in's handling of state affairs. During the rally, which is expected to get under way at 2 p.m., participants plan to call for the withdrawal of the justice minister nomination for Cho Kuk as well as strongly urge the president to reconsider a decision to scrap a military information-sharing pact with Japan. It will be the first such rally in some three months.■ Ron Chang 201908240902+0900 N. Korea Twice Fires Off Projectiles Into East Sea: Seoul's Joint Chiefs http://tbs.seoul.kr/eFm/newsView.do?idx_800=2366088&typ_800=U South Korea's Joint Chiefs of Staff says North Korea twice fired off unidentified projectiles into the East Sea this morning. The JCS said the projectiles were launched from the eastern province of South Hamgyong without providing additional details. It's the fifth such test this month and ninth this year, and comes after Seoul and Washington wrapped up a joint military exercise earlier this week. The Joint Chiefs added that the South Korean military is monitoring the North in case of additional launches and is maintaining a readiness posture. South Korean and U.S. intelligence authorities are analyzing the type of projectiles that were launched. Earlier, the Japanese government said it appears ballistic missiles were fired off. Cheong Wa Dae has convened a meeting of its National Security Council standing committee to discuss the matter.■ Ron Chang 201908240902+0900 Seoul Vows To Solidify Ties With US After End Of GSOMIA http://tbs.seoul.kr/eFm/newsView.do?idx_800=2366053&typ_800=N [Anchor] South Korea says it has adequately consulted with the United States over its decision to scrap a military intelligence-sharing pact with Japan. Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, however, angrily reacted to Seoul's decision, saying such actions "damage mutual trust." Jenna Lee has the report. [Reporter] Kim Hyun-chong, deputy director of the National Security Office, said Seoul's decision yesterday to terminate the General Security of Military Information Agreement was made for national interest. He said South Korea lost grounds to maintain GSOMIA because it is for exchanging sensitive military intelligence based on mutual trust but as Japan claims, basic trust between the two countries has been damaged. Kim said Seoul will make efforts to ensure the termination of the deal will not weaken the Seoul-Washington alliance, but instead offer an opportunity to upgrade it. He said the disappointment by the U.S., as voiced by Secretary of Defense Mark Esper earlier today, had been expected since the U.S. had wished that the military deal would continue. Reiterating that the allies had "sufficient communication" with each other on the matter, Kim said the U.S. understands South Korea's situation. Some analysts, however, said that the latest decision will lead to cracks in dealing with provocations from North Korea. The current GSOMIA will expire in November and after that, the two U.S. allies will have to go through Washington to coordinate any type of joint response to the North. Jenna Lee, eFM News.■ Jenna Lee 201908231756+0900 Top Court To Rule On Corruption Scandal Involving Ex-President Park http://tbs.seoul.kr/eFm/newsView.do?idx_800=2366051&typ_800=P The Supreme Court is scheduled to deliver its final verdict next week on a massive corruption scandal involving ousted President Park Geun-hye, her confidante Choi Soon-sil and Samsung Electronics Vice Chairman Lee Jae-yong. The top court will decide next Thursday whether to uphold or dismiss a lower court's ruling that sentenced Park to 25 years in prison and 20 years for Choi. Park was charged for conspiring with Choi into forcing big conglomerates, including Samsung Group, to donate 77.4 billion won to two foundations under Choi's control. In a separate ruling, an appellate court had sentenced Lee to two-and-a-half years suspended for four years in a related bribery case.■ Woongtae Ryu 201908231737+0900