[Korea Now Today's Headline] 10/18/MON
1. Numbers ofnewly confirmed cases of COVID-19 today reached 1-thousand-50. According to the Health Ministry, it’s the lowest number of daily confirmed cases since the outbreak of the 4th wave as the deceleration is expected to continue.
2. The South Korean government also announced today that today might be the last call for maintaining social-distancing measures nationwide. Citizens are allowed to hold private meetings with a maximum of 8 people in the metropolitan area, and up to 10 people at maximum in the non-metropolitan area.
3. South Korean president Moon Jae-in announced his strong will towards making South Korea carbon neutral. Moon is pushing plans to reduce domestic greenhouse gas emission by 40 percent by 2030. South Korea has further increased the amount of greenhouse gas reduction compared to its original target set in 2015 to cut the emission by 26.3 percent by 2030.
4. South Korean nuclear envoy Noh Kyu-duk met with his American counterpart Sung Kim today in Washington to discuss matters on North Korea’s recent missile launches. Their previous meeting was in Jakarta two weeks ago. A conference between South Korea, the United States and Japan for intelligence and security cooperation was held today in Seoul.
5. Japan's new Prime Minister Fumio Kishida sent a ritual offering to the controversial Yasukuni Shrine for war dead for the autumn festival. In response, the South Korean government expressed "deep disappointment".