[Korea Now Today's Headline] 10/12/TUE
1. According to the North’s official Korean Central News Agency on Tuesday, North Korean leader 김정은 has called for boosting the country's military capabilities to counter what he called "hostile forces" against Pyongyang but said the move is not aimed at a war against South Korea nor the United States.
2. South Korea reported 1-thousand-347 new COVID-19 cases on Tuesday, while the Health authorities said at a regular briefing that due to the effect of the expansion of vaccination, the overall epidemic size is on the decline.
3. According to the state vaccination task force, South Korea will begin administering COVID-19 booster shots for medical workers on Tuesday. The third shots will be administered in phases from Tuesday for medical workers who completed their initial series at least six months ago.
4. According to Reuters on Tuesday local time, a U.S. delegation met with senior Taliban representatives in Doha on Saturday and Sunday in their first face-to-face meeting at a senior level since Washington pulled its troops from Afghanistan and the hardline group took over the country.
5. According to the Permanent Mission of South Korea to the UN on Monday local time, South Korea's financial contribution to the UN is expected to be among the ten highest among all 193 member states from next year.