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North Korea Claims Support From China

North Korea said Tuesday that it has received support from China for its proposal to freeze its nuclear weapons programs in return for free oil and other economic concessions from the United States. China signaled its support at a meeting in Beijing of the foreign ministers of the two countries that ended Tuesday, according to KCNA, North Korea’s official news agency. The Chinese foreign minister “recognized the rationality” of Pyongyang’s proposal to help end the nuclear dispute, a North Korean foreign ministry spokesman told KCNA. The United States, North Korea, South Korea, China, Japan and Russia are scheduled to begin talks on Feb. 25 over U.S. demands that North Korea dismantle its nuclear weapons programs in a “complete, irreversible and verifiable manner.” Full Story

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