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Feb 29, 2012 1:53 PM by Jacqui Heinrich

South Korea welcomes North Korea's nuclear agreement with US

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) - South Korea is welcoming North Korea's agreement with the United States to suspend uranium enrichment and put a moratorium on nuclear and long-range missile tests.

Foreign Ministry spokesman Cho Byung-jae said in a statement late Thursday that North Korea has agreed to actions that Washington and Seoul have required before long-stalled six-nation nuclear disarmament talks resume.

Washington also has said it is crucial for Pyongyang to improve ties with rival Seoul.

Cho says the U.S.-North Korea announcement reflects the close work Seoul and Washington have done to try to resolve the nuclear standoff.

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