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Under the new agreement as part of the visa-waiver program, South Korea and the United States agreed to furnish any criminal records on travelers planning to visit either country in advance of their trips. Paul Schneider, deputy homeland secretary, signed the agreement on behalf of the United States on Friday.

In Seoul, the Foreign Ministry on Sunday said the exchange of the information will “prevent terrorists and other criminals from entering each other’s country.” The visa waiver for South Koreans is effective Nov. 17.

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