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Malveaux: Bush sees difference between Iraq, North Korea

CNN's Suzanne Malveaux
CNN's Suzanne Malveaux

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CRAWFORD, Texas (CNN) -- President Bush is warning against comparing North Korea's nuclear weapons program to the threat from Iraq. He said he's confident that the stalemate with Pyongyang is not going to lead to military action. CNN White House Correspondent Suzanne Malveaux on Wednesday discussed the president's recent comments about this.

MALVEAUX: President Bush's New Year's resolution, he said yesterday, was to resolve these conflicts peacefully. It was at a coffee shop in Crawford, where he answered the one question that has been on so many people's minds -- why the administration is considering military action with Iraq, which says it has no weapons of mass destruction, but not with North Korea, which does have nuclear weapons and has been making some moves to possibly produce more.

President Bush said that when it comes to North Korea, it's not a military showdown, but a diplomatic one. He still believes that a peaceful resolution through diplomacy and economic pressure [can be done].

And despite calls from Russia and South Korea for dialogue, not isolation, President Bush is confident that he can win the support of North Korea's neighbors.

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PRESIDENT BUSH: There is strong consensus, not only amongst the nations in the neighborhood and our friends, but also at the international organizations, such as the IAEA, that North Korea ought to comply with international regulations. I believe this can be done peacefully through diplomacy, and we will continue to work that way. All options, of course, are always on the table for any president, but by working with these countries, we can resolve this.

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MALVEAUX: Iraq: President Bush [has expressed] very little confidence that Saddam Hussein will comply. He says that Saddam Hussein was close to producing a nuclear weapon in the '90s. He still believes that he is making those efforts today in defiance of the will of the international community for more than a decade.



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