President Bush says the United States, Japan, South Korea and China have "a good chance" of convincing North Korea to give up its nuclear ambitions. U.S., North Korean and Chinese officials plan to meet Wednesday in Beijing to discuss the matter.
The president says the outlook for progress is good.
"I believe that all four of us, working together, have a good chance of convincing North Korea to abandon her ambitions to develop a nuclear arsenal," Mr. Bush said.
Speaking to reporters after attending Easter services at an army base not far from his Texas ranch, Mr. Bush singled out China for praise. He said Beijing is following through on its pledge to help keep the Korean peninsula free of nuclear arms.
"Now that they are engaged in the process, it is more likely that's going to occur," President Bush said.
It is still unclear if the Beijing talks will open as scheduled due to confusion surrounding a North Korean statement last Friday dealing with its nuclear program.