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Bush: US, Asian Allies Working  for End of  N. Korea Nuclear Weapons Program - 2002-11-08

President Bush said he is working with Asian allies to stop North Korea's nuclear weapons program.

President Bush stressed the United States is pursuing a common strategy with China, Russia, Japan, and South Korea to convince Pyongyang to abandon its nuclear weapons program.

"We are going to work with countries in the neighborhood to convince North Korea that it is not in the world's interest that they develop a nuclear weapon," he said.

The president said North Korea cannot expect to be more broadly accepted by the rest of the world, if it continues to pursue nuclear weapons.

"If they expect to be welcomed into this family of peaceful nations, they should not enrich uranium," he said.

President Bush and Chinese leader Jiang Zemin agreed earlier this month to work together to make the Korean peninsula a nuclear-weapons-free zone.

North Korea says it wants a "non-aggression pact" with the United States before resolving nuclear weapons issues.