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Bush Says He Will Rely on Diplomacy to Deal with North Korea and Iran


President Bush says he will continue to use multilateral diplomacy in dealing with North Korea and Iran.

Asked at a news conference about his position on "regime change" in the two countries, Mr. Bush said he plans to continue the six-party talks with North Korea to convince its leader, Kim Jong-il, to give up his weapons systems.

On Iran, the president said he is relying on other countries which he says have more leverage with Tehran to convince the government to cooperate. Representatives from Iran and three European nations -- Britain, Germany and France -- are discussing proposals for a long-term deal that addresses concerns over Tehran's nuclear program.

President Bush said the situation was different in Iraq, because international diplomacy had failed with former leader Saddam Hussein for 13 years.

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