[Korea Now Today's Headline] 05/24/MON
1. President 문재인 returned home Sunday night following his first in-person meeting with U.S. President Joe Biden, in which the two leaders agreed to resolve Korean Peninsula issues through diplomacy and dialogue, as well as to establish a global vaccine partnership.
2. On Sunday local time, U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken reaffirmed Washington’s commitment to diplomacy with North Korea to achieve denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula, saying that the ball is now in North Korea’s court.
3. On Monday, South Korea reported 538 new COVID-19 cases, with the number of new daily cases staying below 600 for 2 consecutive days.
4. Health authorities said today that 55,000 doses of the fourth COVID-19 vaccine Moderna will arrive in South Korea on Monday, May 31.
5. One week ahead of the virtual P4G global summit slated for Sunday and Monday, this week has been dubbed “Green Future Week”, during which South Korea will hold a total of 10 climate change forums.
6. K-pop boy band BTS won 4 awards, including the major title of Top Selling Song, at the 2021 Billboard Music Awards on Sunday, local time, making it their biggest achievement for this specific event.
7. Myanmar’s ousted leader Aung San Suu Kyi appeared in court today, making her first in-person appearance since her government was overthrown by the military on February 1.
8. Iran’s top lawmaker said its 3-month monitoring deal with the International Atomic Energy Agency that gave access to images from inside has expired, escalating tensions with the West, possibly setting back efforts made to restore the 2015 Iran nuclear deal.
9. One of the world’s most active and dangerous volcanoes in eastern Democratic Republic of the Congo erupted, as torrents of lava poured into villages leaving at least 15 people dead and more than 30,000 seeking refuge.