They may not always see eye to eye on how to approach Pyongyang but US President George W. Bush and his South Korean counterpart Roh Moo-hyun are agreed on the fundamental principle that the North must disarm. Speaking on the latest stage of his visit to Asia, the US leader also set out his terms concerning North Korea’s demand for help in building an electricity-producing light water reactor. “Our position is that we will consider the light water reactor at the appropriate time,” he said.
“The appropriate time is after they have verifiably given up their nuclear weapons and or programmes.” Wherever George W. Bush goes, demonstrators follow. South Korea is no exception although for one group Pyongyang rather than the US president was the target of their protest. They burned a North Korean flag and called on Bush and other leaders participating in the Asia-Pacific Economic Co-operation summit in South Korea to take up issues such as human rights with the reclusive North. However anti-Bush activists were out in much greater numbers. Their rally came as Bush and Roh agreed that talks should be held to replace the Korean War truce with a formal peace treaty between the North and South, which still remain technically at war.