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By Hyung-Jin Kim The Associated Press

NKorea fires new ballistic missile in likely pressure tactic

SEOUL, Korea, Republic Of — North Korea fired a new type of short-range ballistic missile in two launches into the sea Thursday, South Korean officials said, in its first weapons launches in more than two months and an apparent effort to pressure Washington as Pyongyang and Washington struggle to restart nuclear negotiations.

S. Korean babies born Dec. 31 become 2-year-olds next day

DAEJEON, Korea, Republic Of — Just two hours after Lee Dong Kil’s daughter was born on New Year’s Eve, the clock struck midnight, 2019 was ushered in, and the infant became 2-years-old. She wasn’t alone, though it happened for her quicker than most: Every baby born in South Korea last year became 2 on Jan. 1.

Seoul envoys to meet N. Korea’s Kim during Pyongyang trip

SEOUL, Korea, Republic Of — Envoys for South Korean President Moon Jae-in planned to meet Monday with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un at the start of a rare two-day visit to Pyongyang that’s expected to focus on how to ease a standoff over North Korea’s nuclear ambitions and restart talks between Pyongyang and Washington.

S. Korea offers to talk with North on Olympics co-operation

SEOUL, Korea, Republic Of — South Korea on Tuesday offered high-level talks with rival North Korea to find ways to co-operate on next month’s Winter Olympics in the South. Seoul’s quick proposal after a rare rapprochement overture from Pyongyang a day earlier offers the possibility of better ties after a year that saw a nuclear standoff increase fear of war on the Korean Peninsula.