SEOUL Dec 20 (Reuters) - North Korea has offered to allow U.N. nuclear inspections to resume following talks in Pyongyang with U.S. troublshooter Bill Richardson, according to CNN which has a team travelling with the New Mexico governor.

Pyongyang "agreed to allow international atomic energy agency personnel to return to a nuclear facility in the country and agreed to negotiate the sale of 12,000 fresh fuel rods and ship them to an outside country, presumably to South Korea", CNN's website said, quoting correspondent Wolf Blitzer in Pyongyang.

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"The North has also agreed to consider Richardson's proposal for a military commission between the United States, North Korea and South Korea as well as a separate hotline for the Koreas' militaries."

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(Writing by Andrew Marshall; Editing by Nick Macfie)