[Korea Now Today's Headline] 09/09/THU
1. South Korea reported two-thousand-49 new COVID-19 cases on Thursday. The daily confirmed cases remained in the 2000s for the second day, as health authorities warned that new infections may further rise ahead of 추석 holiday.
2. According to the North Korea’s state-run Korean Central News Agency on Thursday, the regime staged a nighttime military parade at 12 a.m. at 김일성 square in 평양. The report added, North Korean leader 김정은 attended but did not give a speech.
3. The International Olympic Committee on Wednesdaysuspended North Korea’s National Olympic Committee through the end of 2022 for its unilateral decision not to participate in this summer’s Tokyo Olympics. The decision will bar North Korea from competing in next year's Winter Olympics in Beijing.
4. South Korea’s Unification Ministry official said on Thursday that the government pledged to seek out sports exchanges with North Korea despite the country being unable to compete in the 2022 Winter Olympics in Beijing. It also added that Seoul remains committed to seeking opportunities for inter-Korean peace through global sport events.
5. According to South Korea’s ministry of foreign affairs, Foreign minister 정의용 co-chaired the 11th South Korea-Mekong Foreign ministers’ meeting with Cambodian counterpart Prak Sokhonn on Wednesday. Member countries discussed the future direction of South Korea-Mekong cooperation.
6. According to Kyodo news on Wednesday, former internal affairs minister Sanae Takaichi, known for her close ties with former prime minister Shinzo Abe, is seeking to run in the upcoming Liberal Democratic Party's leadership election.