[Korea Now Today's Headline] 09/16/THU
1. South Korea reported 1-thousand-943 new COVID-19 cases on Thursday. The health authorities are keeping their guard up against potential virus flare-ups after an upcoming major holiday as infections continue to spread in the capital area.
2. The United Nations Security Council has decided to hold an emergency meeting Wednesday local time on the situation on the Korean peninsula, where North Korea has recently carried out ballistic missile tests.
3. The U.S. State Department has condemned North Korea's ballistic missile test and urged the North to engage in dialogue. Department spokesperson said on Wednesday in a press briefing that the United States condemns the launches, which violated"multiple U.N. Security Council resolutions."
4. The United States on Wednesday local time announced the launch of a new trilateral security partnership in the Indo-Pacific that President Joe Biden said marks a "historic step" in deepening his country's cooperation with Australia and Britain. Biden said the countries will also work to equip Australia with "conventionally armed" nuclear submarines under the new trilateral partnership, named AUKUS.
5. South Korean military authorities said Wednesday that they have successfully tested a rocket engine that uses solid propellants that would be used to launch miniaturized satellites into space. The government also plans to transfer its newly developed space technologies to the private sector to help boost its space programs.
6. The weather agency predicted that the slow-moving typhoon 찬투 begin picking up speed Thursday afternoon and move closest to 제주도 island around 8.am Friday. Heavy rain and strong winds are expected to continue.