[Korea Now Today's Headline] 10/04/MON
1. According to the Unification Ministry, South and North Korea restored their direct communication lines Monday, raising hopes for the resumption of stalled inter-Korean dialogue amid a drawn-out deadlock in denuclearization talks. The lines were back to normal operations 55 days after the suspension.
2. According to the Korean Central News Agency on Sunday, North Korea blasted the U.N. Security Council for convening a meeting on its recent missile launches, calling it "a manifestation of double-dealing standard." It stressed that the missile tests were for “Self-defense” purposes.
3. South Korea reported 1-thousand-673 new COVID-19 cases on Monday, while the government extended the toughest social distancing rules in the greater Seoul area for another two weeks.
4. According to the Foreign ministry Friday, Former Foreign Minister 강경화 is running for the next director general of the International Labor Organization. If elected, Kang will be the first Asian and the first woman to become the ILO chief.
5. Netflix original series "Squid Game" has become the top show on the streaming platform in all 83 countries where it’s available, including India. This is the first Korean drama to achieve such feat.