[Korea Now Today's Headline] 03/25/THU
1. The Joint Chiefs of Staff said, in the early hours of the morning today, North Korea fired what appeared to be two short-range ballistic missiles from its eastern town of Hamju into the East Sea.
2. The South Korean National Security Council (NSC) issued a statement expressing “deep concern” about North Korea's latest projectile launch Thursday.
3. On Thursday, South Korea reported 430 new COVID-19 cases, topping the total reported caseload to surpass the 100-thousand mark.
4. Today, the National Assembly passed a supplementary budget bill for a fourth round of COVID-19 emergency relief, totalling to some 15 trillion South Korean Won (more than 13 billion US dollars).
5. During talks with his Russian counterpart Sergey Lavrov today, South Korean Foreign Minister 정의용 called for Moscow to play a “constructive” role in fostering lasting peace on the Korean Peninsula.
6. Mayoral candidates in Seoul and Busan have kicked off their 2-week campaigns today, with a total of 21 local administrative and legislative posts up for grabs in the upcoming elections on April 7.
7. On Wednesday, the UN Human Rights Council adopted a resolution on the human rights situation in Myanmar, calling on the military to restore civilian rule and for the immediate release of deposed leader Aung San Suu Kyi.
8. During his remarks at NATO headquarters on Wednesday, US Secretary of State Antony Blinken said that the United States will work with its allies and partners to tackle challenges posed by increasingly aggressive China and Russia, but will not ask its allies to choose sides.
9. Amid COVID-19 fears, the torch relay for the 2021 Tokyo Olympics started Thursday, ahead of the Games coming up on July 23.