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South Korea's new president faces threats from North and inflation

First diplomatic test for Yoon Suk-yeol will be visit of Joe Biden

South Korean President-elect Yoon Suk-yeol has to stave off accelerating inflation and deal with North Korea's escalation of missile launches. (Source photos by AP, Reuters and AFP/Jiji) 

SEOUL -- Yoon Suk-yeol will be sworn in as South Korea's 20th president on Tuesday, entering office against a backdrop of North Korean missile launches, diplomatic challenges, soaring inflation and a politically polarized nation.

The country's former chief prosecutor will be taking his first political position after defeating progressive opponent Lee Jae-myung by less than 1 percentage point in March's election.

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