[Korea Now Today's Headline] 06/18/FRI
1. On Friday, South Korea reported 507 new COVID-19 cases, with the number of daily new cases remaining in the 500s for the third consecutive day.
2. President 문재인 has returned to South Korea today after a weeklong visit to Britain, Austria and Spain, during which he demonstrated Seoul's commitment to playing a bigger role in addressing pending global issues.
3. North Korean state media reported today that during a key Workers' Party meeting, leader 김정은 said the country should be ready for both dialogue and confrontation with the U.S., while calling for efforts to stably control the situation on the Korean Peninsula.
4. U.S. special representative for North Korea, Sung Kim, will be visiting Seoul from Saturday through Wednesday, during which he will discuss the outcome of Washington's recently completed review of policy on North Korea.
5. President 문재인 delivered a keynote speech at the International Labour Conference in which he stressed the importance of an inclusive recovery that's equitable for "everyone, every company and every nation."
6. The White House is considering setting up talks between U.S. President Joe Biden and Chinese President Xi Jinping, with one possible setting being the G20 summit in Rome in October, which both leaders are expected to attend.
7. The Canadian National Advisory Committee on Immunization released a new guidance on Thursday, local time, saying Pfizer or Moderna are now "preferred" as the second dose of COVID-19 vaccination for those who chose to get a first dose of the AstraZeneca.
8. The California State Assembly of 68 members has unanimously approved a bill to officially designate September 4 as 태권도 Day.