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South Korea orders additional measures to ensure Samsung Note 7 battery safety

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South Korea said on Thursday it ordered Samsung Electronics Co Ltd <005930.KS> take additional measures to ensure that batteries used in Galaxy Note 7 handsets are safe, as the smartphone giant prepares to resume sales in South Korea.

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The Korean Agency for Technology and Standards, in a statement, said it formally approved Samsung's plan to recall Note 7 smartphones in the country. The recall was triggered by faulty batteries that caused some of the 988,900 won ($897.04)phones to catch fire.

The agency said it ordered Samsung to have its supplier conduct x-ray tests on the batteries before the components are shipped, as well as a thorough inspection by Samsung itself to ensure battery safety.

Samsung plans to resume new sales of the Note 7 in South Korea on Sept. 28.

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(Reporting by Se Young Lee; Editing by Muralikumar Anantharaman)