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S. Korea calls nuke suspension 'progress'

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) -- South Korea's presidential office has welcomed North Korea's announcement it's suspending nuclear and long-range missile tests as "meaningful progress" toward the denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula.

Presidential official Yoon Young-chan said in a statement Saturday the announcement will brighten the prospects for successful talks between Seoul, Pyongyang and Washington.

North Korean leader Kim Jong Un is set to meet South Korean President Moon Jae-in at a border truce village next Friday in a rare summit between the rivals aimed at resolving the nuclear standoff with Pyongyang. A separate meeting between Kim and President Donald Trump is anticipated in May or June.

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