[Korea Now Today's Headline] 05/18/TUE
1. On Tuesday, South Korea reported 528 new COVID-19 cases, with the number of new daily cases falling below 600 while health authorities remain on alert.
2. President 문재인 is set to make a five-day trip to Washington starting tomorrow for his face-to-face summit talks with U.S. President Joe Biden to address COVID-19 vaccine cooperation between the two countries as well as issues on North Korea.
3. Today, to mark the 41st anniversary of the 1980 pro-democracy movement in Gwangju, a memorial ceremony was held at the National Cemetery, which was attended by new Prime Minister 김부겸 and leaders of the ruling and opposition parties.
4. President 문재인 commemorated the anniversary of the May 18 Gwangju Democratization Movement with a call for finding the truth behind the bloody crackdown.
5. On Monday, local time, the U.S. Treasury Department issued a new round of sanctions against 16 senior Myanmar officials and family members, including the governor of the nation’s central bank and the State Administration Council.
6. U.S. President Joe Biden announced on Monday, local time, that the U.S. plans to send its surplus of at least 20 million doses of vaccines produced by Pfizer-BioNTech, Moderna and Johnson & Johnson to foreign countries by the end of June.
7. The violence between Israel and Hamas continues, showing few signs of slowing, despite U.S. and global calls for cease-fire, with more than 200 casualties in the Gaza Strip on the 8th day of violence.