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SANTIAGO, Chile - President Bush (news - web sites) said Saturday that North Korea (news - web sites) "will hear a common voice from the world" demanding it stop nuclear weapons program.
With North Korea demanding economic aid and U.S. guarantees of nonaggression as incentives, South Korea and China, in particular, have suggested it may be necessary to be more flexible.
But while acknowledging "there is going to be quibbling about whether the sequencing of steps is right or whether the timing is right," the White House wants to play down any such differences over strategy, a senior administration official said on condition of anonymity.
"We've put forward a realistic proposal and we're not interested, none of us are interested, in sort of negotiating among ourselves at this point," the official said. "There is something concrete to talk about; the North Koreans need to come back to the table to talk about it."