The following stories are the daily summary of news in South Korea on July 20, 2022.
S. Korea succeeds first flight test of homemade KF-21 jet fighter
[Joint Press Corps]
SEOUL -- Through a 78-week project, South Korea succeeded in the first test flight of its homemade KF-21 jet fighter at an Air Force training base in the southern port city of Sacheon on July 19. The jet fighter with the nickname "Boramae," meaning young hawk in Korea, took off at 3:40 p.m. (2040 GMT) and landed at 4:13 p.m., South Korea's Defense Acquisition Program Administration (DAPA) said.
S. Korean high jumper Woo Sang-hyeok grabs silver medal at World Athletics Championships
[AFP / YONHAP PHOTO]
SEOUL -- South Korean high jumper Woo Sang-hyeok grabbed a silver medal at the World Athletics Championships held in Eugene, Oregon, on July 19 by matching his own national record at 2.35 meters. Woo was placed second to Mutaz Essa Barshim of Qatar who won his third title at 2.37 meters
S. Korea adds some 73,580 new COVID-19 cases
SEOUL -- On July 19, the Korea Disease Control and Prevention Agency (KDCA) said that 73,582 new COVID-19 infections, including 351 from abroad, were reported. The overall caseload was increased to 18,861,593.
BTS appointed as PR ambassador for Busan's World Expo bid
[Courtesy of KORCHAM]
SEOUL -- The prime minister's office said on July 19 that K-pop sensation BTS had been formally named as a public relations ambassador for South Korea's effort to host the 2030 World Expo in the southern port city of Busan. Prime Minister Han Duck-soo said that the appointment of BTS is anticipated to provide an opportunity to focus the attention and support of people, and even the world.
Hyundai to supply 50 electric vehicles to Japanese taxi company
[Courtesy of Hyundai Motor]
SEOUL -- South Korean automaker Hyundai Motor said on July 20 that it will start supplying 50 IONIQ 5 electric vehicles to a Japanese taxi company in August. Hyundai recently partnered with Kyoto-based MK Taxi to gradually equip the Japanese company with 50 zero-emission vehicles, the company said in a statement.
[This article was contributed by Aju Business Daily reporter Joseph Kwak]