US, China discuss Korean security
( 2003-07-29 07:02) (China Daily)
Visiting US Undersecretary of State John Bolton Monday held talks with two
Chinese vice-foreign ministers on topics including the nuclear stand-off on the
Korean Peninsula and other arms-related issues.
The top United States
arms-control official held talks with Zhang Yesui and Wang Yi in the second
round of Sino-US security talks.
US Undersecretary of State John
Bolton talks at a press conference held in Beijing July 28, 2003.
He is scheduled to leave China Tuesday
for the Republic of Korea and Japan.
The timetable has not been settled for a
new round of multilateral talks on the Korean nuclear issue, Bolton told a
Beijing press conference held after yesterday's talks.
"I don't think
there is anything on the date, one or the other, that I could really indicate,''
He told the briefing that Washington has no intention of
invading the Democratic People's Republic of Korea and that people should focus
on Pyongyang's alleged nuclear weapons programme.
The DPRK is not Iraq,
Bolton said. He added: "The context is very different. The circumstances are
very different, and the history has been very different.''
He said that
President (George W.) Bush has made clear for quite some time that what the
United States seek in the case of DPRK is the peaceful dismantlement of this
country's nuclear weapons programme.