COming up on our newscast.
The nation's benchmark index plunges to a 20-month low.
The trend is driven by a sharp fall in oil prices and rising concerns over a global recession.
President Yoon Suk-yeol stresses the military's fundamental mission is to protect citizens, its property, territory and sovereignty, and ordered the military to swiftly retaliate in the event of any North Korean provocation.
South Korea has also been enduring tropical nights for the several days.
Various festivals including chicken and beer events are being held to help beat the heat.