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US to 'remain engaged' in Asia Pacific: Bush

President George W Bush says America was working with countries in the region to prevent proliferation of weapons of mass destruction.

india Updated: Nov 19, 2006 03:41 IST

Claiming that the US will "remain engaged" in Asia Pacific, President George W Bush on Saturday said America was working with countries in the region to prevent proliferation of weapons of mass destruction in the hands of terrorists.

"... Asia is important to America because we face common threats to our security. The people of this region understand the terrorist threat because they have been targets of terrorist violence," he said in his weekly radio broadcast.

"The greatest danger in our world today is that these terrorists could get their hands on weapons of mass destruction and use them to blackmail free nations or kill on an unimaginable scale. This threat poses a risk to our entire civilization, and we're working with our partners in the Asia Pacific region to defeat it," Bush said.

"In my meetings with leaders in the region, we discussed the threat of proliferation from North Korea. After North Korea's recent nuclear test, the United Nations Security Council passed a unanimous resolution imposing sanctions on North Korea's regime, and America is working with our partners to enforce those sanctions. "We will also continue working with Japan, China, South Korea, and Russia through the six-party talks," Bush said.

"Our nations are speaking with one voice: North Korea must abandon its nuclear weapons programmes, and we will not tolerate North Korea's proliferation of nuclear technology to hostile regimes and terrorist networks," he said.

Bush is currently in Hanoi for the meetings of the Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation Forum. His trip included state visits to Singapore, Vietnam and Indonesia.

First Published: Nov 19, 2006 03:41 IST