[Korea Now Today's Headline] 05/13/THU
1. On Thursday, South Korea reported 715 new COVID-19 cases, with the number of new daily cases rebounding back above 700.
2. According to the Ministry of Food and Drug Safety, a South Korean panel of experts announced its second of three evaluations of the Moderna COVID-19 vaccine today, now only a step away from the ministry’s final approval.
3. Today, the U.S. Director of National Intelligence, Avril Haines, visited the Demilitarized Zone to take a first-hand look at the heavily fortified border as Washington seeks to round out its policy on North Korea.
4. Head of the South Korean National Intelligence Service 박지원 met with Japanese Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga and delivered President 문재인’s message expressing hope to improve bilateral relations currently strained over a string of historical issues.
5. President 문재인 visited a chip production base in 평택 today, where he said South Korea aims to become a semiconductor powerhouse to lead the global supply network.
6. The conflict between Israel and Palestine that erupted on Monday after weeks of rising tension has entered a third straight day with the death tollalready reaching at least 62.
7. On Wednesday, local time, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention issued a statement recommending that the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine be given to adolescents ages 12 to 15.
8. According to the U.S. State Department on Wednesday local time, U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken held phone talks with his Russian counterpart Sergey Lavrov, in which he provided an overview of the Biden administration’s new North Korean policy.
9. Business federations of G7 nations agree to cooperate to speed up vaccine rollouts
10. E-scooter users in S. Korea will be fined if driving without license or helmet