[Korea Now Today's Headline] 08/24/TUE
1. South Korea reported 1-thousand-509 New COVID-19 cases on Tuesday. Meanwhile, with the delta variant sweeping the nation, the number of foreign residents who were infected with COVID-19 is also on a sharp rise.
2. Earlier in the day, Prime Minister 김부겸 said at an anti-virus meeting that the government will come up with more measures to speed up vaccinations so that more people can get vaccinated sooner.
3. President 문재인 and Colombian President Iván Duque will hold a summit on Wednesday and exchange views on advancing their countries’ bilateral ties and cooperation. President Moon wrote on social media that he “sincerely welcomes” Duque’s arrival in South Korea.
4. President 문재인 will invite venture startup investors and entrepreneurs to the 청와대 this week to promise government support to extend South Korea's latest boom in the startup scene. This, as the government aims to turn South Korea into a global startup powerhouse.
5. Unification Minister 이인영 met withU.S. envoy for North Korea Sung Kim on Tuesday and shared their overall views on the current situation and discussed how to resume dialogue and cooperation with the North at an early date.
6. According to Foreign Ministry, top nuclear envoys from South Korea and Russia on Tuesday exchanged in-depth views on the overall situation on the Korean Peninsula and discussed ways to cooperate to bring progress toward complete denuclearization and establishment of lasting peace on the Korean Peninsula.
7. Justice minister said Tuesday that South Korea is reviewing granting special stay permits to Afghans residing in the country amid a humanitarian crisis erupting in Afghanistan.
8. The ruling party and the government on Tuesday agreed to draw up the biggest ever annual state budget of six-hundred and five trillion Korean won for 2022 to finance the country's efforts to tackle the COVID-19 crisis.
9. The Taliban said Tuesday that U.S. and British troops must meet the deadline for withdrawing its troops set for the end of this month.
10. South Korea's foreign ministry said Tuesday that three military aircraft are carrying out operations to bring Afghan evacuees to Korea. Evacuees are Afghan workers, who supported south korean government's activities in Afghanistan, and their family members.
11. The U.S. FDA has granted full approval to the COVID-19 vaccine developed by Pfizer and its partner BioNTech. The agency said the approval will help the U.S. alter the course of the pandemic and is expected to boost the vaccination rate across the U.S.