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Press release from CNW Group

Northern Dynasty Receives Settlement of Loan & Terminates Option

Thursday, November 15, 2012

Northern Dynasty Receives Settlement of Loan & Terminates Option16:30 EST Thursday, November 15, 2012VANCOUVER, Nov. 15, 2012 /CNW/ - Northern Dynasty Minerals Ltd. ("Northern Dynasty" or the "Company") (TSX: NDM; NYSE MKT: NAK) announces that Northern Dynasty and Liberty Star Uranium & Metals Corp. ("Liberty Star") have reached agreement to settle the loan owing by Liberty Star to Northern Dynasty in the principal amount of $3,730,174 plus interest, in consideration for the transfer by Liberty Star to a U.S. subsidiary of Northern Dynasty of 199 Alaska mineral claims, totalling 30,640 acres, that are located north of the Pebble Project.As part of the loan settlement agreement, all other agreements and negotiations between the parties have been terminated, including negotiations relating to an option for Northern Dynasty to acquire 60% of Liberty Star's Big Chunk mineral claims located in Alaska.Ronald W. ThiessenPresident & CEO Sole ResponsibilityNo regulatory authority accepts responsibility for the adequacy or accuracy of this release. Northern Dynasty is solely and entirely responsible for the contents of this news release. No other party, including any parties which have an interest in the project, are in any way responsible for the contents hereof.Forward Looking Information and other Cautionary FactorsThis release includes certain statements that may be deemed "forward-looking statements". All statements in this release, other than statements of historical facts, especially those that address estimated resource quantities, grades and contained metals, are forward-looking statements because they are generally made on the basis of estimation and extrapolation from a limited number of drill holes and metallurgical studies. Although diamond drill hole core provides valuable information about the size, shape and geology of an exploration project, there will always remain a significant degree of uncertainty in connection with these valuation factors until a deposit has been extensively drilled on closely spaced centers, which has occurred only in specific areas on the Pebble Project. Although the Company believes the expectations expressed in its forward-looking statements are based on reasonable assumptions, such statements should not be in any way construed as guarantees of the ultimate size, quality or commercial feasibility of the Pebble Project or of the Company's future performance. The likelihood of future mining at the Pebble Project is subject to a large number of risks and will require achievement of a number of technical, economic and legal objectives, including obtaining necessary mining and construction permits, completion of pre-feasibility and final feasibility studies, preparation of all necessary engineering for underground workings and processing facilities as well as receipt of significant additional financing to fund these objectives as well as funding mine construction. Such funding may not be available to the Company on acceptable terms or on any terms at all. There is no known ore at the Pebble Project and there is no assurance that the mineralization at the Pebble Project will ever be classified as ore. The need for compliance with extensive environmental and socio-economic rules and practices and the requirement for the Company to obtain government permitting can cause a delay or even abandonment of a mineral project. The Company is also subject to the specific risks inherent in the mining business as well as general economic and business conditions. For more information on the Company, Investors should review the Company's annual Form 40-F filing with the United States Securities and Exchange Commission and its home jurisdiction filings that are available at www.sedar.com.SOURCE: Northern Dynasty Minerals Ltd.For further information: For further details on Northern Dynasty please visit the Company's website at www.northerndynasty.com or contact Investor services at (604) 684-6365 or within North America at 1-800-667-2114. Review Canadian public filings at www.sedar.com and US public filings at www.sec.gov.