[Korea Now Today's Headline] 09/13/MON
1. North Korea's official Korean Central News Agency said on Monday that the country successfully test-fired a new type of long-range cruise missile on Saturday and Sunday. South Korea's Joint Chiefs of Staff said that an in-depth analysis is under way in close cooperation with U.S. intelligence authorities.
2. South Korea's top nuclear envoy 노규덕 has departed on Sunday for Japan for talks with his American and Japanese counterparts on the North Korean nuclear issue. 노 said there has been significant progress in negotiations between Seoul and Washington on a possible joint humanitarian project in a bid to resume dialogue with the North.
3. South Korea reported 1-thousand-433 new COVID-19 cases on Monday, falling below 15-hundred after six days.. However, the Seoul metropolitan area accounted for over 78 percent of local cases.
4. Starting Monday, special quarantine measures for the 추석 holiday will be in place for two weeks until September 26. The health authorities said that over 64 percent of the country’s population have received their first shots of COVID-19 vaccines, and it said a first-shot vaccination rate of 70 percent is likely to be achieved this week.
5. Government authorities started accepting in-person applications for COVID-19 relief payouts on Monday. Eligible people can fill out an application according to a five-day rotational system based on the final digits of their year of birth and today, those born inyear ending in 1 or 6 are eligible.
6. South Korea’s weather agency said Monday that the nation’s southern areas will likely receive heavy rain due to the indirect influence of Typhoon 찬투, currently moving toward the waters near Shanghai.