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North Korea ramps up pressure before South Korea's Moon becomes a lame duck

North Korea's Hwasong-9 missile being test-fired by the Academy of Defence Science in Toyang-ri, North Korea.PHOTO: REUTERS

SEOUL - North Korea is making a last-ditch effort to extract concessions from dovish South Korean President Moon Jae-in before he becomes a lame duck in the last few months of his term, according to analysts.

They were explaining why Pyongyang would test launch a new hypersonic missile shortly after extending an olive branch to Seoul.

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