[Korea Now Today's Headline] 06/22/TUE
1. On Tuesday, South Korea reported 395 new COVID-19 cases, with the number of daily new cases staying in the 300s for a second consecutive day.
2. Reservations will open tomorrow for some 200,000 people aged between 60 and 74 that booked a first dose of the AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccine but will not be able to get inoculated before the end of the month.
3. Health authorities are closely monitoring the rising spread of COVID-19 variants as South Korea reported 261 additional variant cases over the past week, of which 227 were local infections.
4. U.S. special envoy on North Korean affairs, Sung Kim, made a courtesy call to President 문재인 at the presidential office this afternoon.
5. In response to U.S. National Security Adviser Jake Sullivan calling 김정은's comments about dialogue with the U.S. an "interesting signal", 김여정, sister of the North Korean leader said Tuesday that the United States has "wrong" expectations.
6. Ahead of the expiration of U.S. sanctions on North Korea, U.S. President Joe Biden issued a presidential notice that extends the sanctions for another year.
7. During a Cabinet meeting today, President 문재인 said South Korea, with its heightened national status, will continue efforts to broaden and strengthen the country's role and responsibility in the international community.
8. The Tokyo Olympics announced on Monday that the cap on the number of spectators allowed to attend this summer's Games will be limited to 10,000 people, or 50% capacity, amid concerns over the COVID-19 pandemic.
9. On Monday, the EU imposed more sanctions on Myanmar, including travel bans on eight senior officials of Myanmar's ruling military junta as well as asset freezes on four "economic entities" tied to the Myanmar military.