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N. Korea seeks deal for reactor freeze

North Korea is proposing to shutter its main nuclear reactor and allow U.N. monitoring in return for massive energy shipments and normal relations with the United States, according to an American nuclear expert who visited Pyongyang last week. David Albright, a former U.N. nuclear inspector, said in an interview Tuesday that North Korean officials told him they also wanted another key concession for shutting down their Yongbyon reactor: the lifting of U.S. financial restrictions imposed for alleged North Korean counterfeiting of U.S. currency and money laundering. Those restrictions have led to about $24 million in North Korean funds being frozen at a Macau bank. Full Story

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