[Korea Now Today's Headline] 04/09/FRI
1. On Friday, South Korea reported 671 new COVID-19 cases, with health authorities warning the country of a fourth wave looming.
2. Today, the government announced the suspension of business for clubs and bars for the next 3 week, while also extending the current social distancing measures for the same period of time.
3. Prime Minister 정세균 said today that the government will make all efforts to secure vaccine supplies to meet its goal to have 12 million people inoculated by the end of June.
4. South Korea today unveiled a prototype of its first homegrown fighter jet, the KF-21, with plans to deploy 120 more by the year 2032.
5. The South Korean Foreign Ministry said on Friday, that the South Korean oil tanker seized by Iranian authorities in early January has been released, with its captain and crew in good health.
6. Kyodo News reported on Friday, despite global criticism and continued opposition from local fishermen, the Japanese government all but finalized a decision to release radioactive water into the ocean from the Fukushima nuclear plant.
7. When asked if the review process of a North Korea policy was being held up, US State Department spokesman Ned Price said on Thursday that all necessary steps are being taken with the review in its final stages, adding that such major decisions require time.
8. In his remarks on gun violence prevention, US President Joe Biden called gun violence in the U.S. an “epidemic” and an “international embarrassment”, directing the justice department to tighten regulations on sales of so-called “ghost guns”.
9. On Thursday, local time, the U.S. blacklisted 7 Chinese groups suspected of building supercomputers to help its military develop new weapons of mass destruction, amid an increasingly adversarial Sino-US relationship.