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Bush, Hu Seek Peaceful End to North Korea Nuclear Weapons Program  - 2004-11-20

President Bush says he will continue to work with other nations to increase pressure on North Korea to give up its nuclear weapons.

President Bush has put North Korea at the top of his agenda for this APEC summit in one-on-one talks with the leaders of China, Japan, Russia, and South Korea.

Those nations, along with the United States and North Korea, make up six-party talks aimed at convincing North Korea to dismantle its nuclear weapons.

President Bush says Pyongyang will hear a common voice on the issue as the intention of the United States, Russia, China, Japan, and South Korea remains the same, to work together to end the threat from North Korean nuclear weapons.

"What is very important is for the leader of North Korea to understand that the six-party talks will be the framework in which we continue to discuss the mutual goal we all have which is to rid the Korean peninsula of nuclear weapons," he said.

Before it agrees to give up its nuclear weapons, North Korea says it wants security guarantees that American forces will not invade the country from their bases in South Korea. The United States says it is willing to give those assurances, in writing, as part of a statement within those six-party talks but will not make that part of a formal treaty requiring ratification by the U.S. Congress.

President Bush's first trip abroad since his re-election was met by thousands of protesters in the Chilean capital demonstrating against the globalization of trade and the U.S.-led invasion of Iraq.

Several people were injured Friday when police responded with tear gas and water cannon. More demonstrations are planned for Saturday