[Korea Now Today's Headline] 03/26/FRI
1. On Friday, South Korea reported 494 new COVID-19 cases, the highest caseload in 35 days, nearing 500.
2. Health authorities announced today, the extension of current social distancing rules for another two weeks amid looming concerns over a spike in new infections.
3. Prime Minister 정세균 and Health and Welfare Minister 권덕철 received their first doses of the AstraZeneca vaccine today, in efforts to alleviate public anxiety over the vaccine’s safety.
4. North Korea’s official news agency KCNA confirmed on Friday that the new ballistic missiles test-fired yesterday were a "newly developed new-type tactical guided projectile" with a 2.5-ton warhead.
5. During his first press conference since taking office, US President Joe Biden addressed North Korea's latest missile launches to be in violation of UN Security Council Resolutions, adding that Washington will respond appropriately if the regime continues to escalate tensions.
6. In his speech during a ceremony for Yellow Sea Defense Day, President 문재인 expressed concerns over North Korea’s missile provocation, saying that "actions providing difficulty for the mood for dialogue are undesirable."
7. The UN Security Council sanctions committee on North Korea is due to meet on Friday local time, at the request of the U.S., to discuss 평양’s latest launches.
8. During a virtual EU summit, member state leaders expressed frustration over the slowdown of the bloc’s vaccine rollout, warning AstraZeneca of introducing export controls if it fails to honor its COVID-19 supply contract with European states.
9. On Thursday, US president Joe Biden joined the virtual monthly EU summit where he reaffirmed his commitment to revitalize relations between the United States and the European Union, highlighting their shared democratic values.