The United States' top arms control official is in South Korea for talks about the North's nuclear weapons program.
John Bolton, the U.S. undersecretary of state for arms control and international security, arrived in Seoul today (Monday) at the start of an Asian trip that also includes a stop in Japan.
Mr. Bolton, who has been highly critical of North Korea's nuclear ambitions, is to meet with (South Korean) Foreign Minister Ban Ki-Moon and other top security officials (before he leaves for Japan Thursday).
He says President Bush is determined to find a peaceful and diplomatic solution to the standoff on the Korean peninsula.
The meetings are intended to work out positions before a fourth round of multi-party talks on North Korea's nuclear program, expected to begin before the end of September.
Information for this report is provided by AP and AFP.