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SEOUL Feb 13 The South Korean won ended
onshore trade near a two-week low on Monday as North Korea's new
missile test launch spooked investors although generally smooth
talks between U.S. and Japan leaders lent some support to
currencies and shares.
The won was quoted at 1,152.0 to the dollar at
the conclusion of onshore trade, slightly lower than Friday's
close of 1,150.6 but its weakest close since Feb. 1.
South Korean shares clawed back earlier losses, shrugging
off anxieties about special prosecutors summoning Samsung Group
leader Jay Y. Lee for the second time to question him about the
bribery related to President Park Geun-hye and her old friend's
The Korea Composite Stock Price Index (KOSPI) ended
up 0.2 percent at 2,078.65 points.
Foreign investors turned to net buyers, but the purchasing
amount was relatively small.
(Reporting by Dahee Kim; Editing by Sam Holmes)