Bush Vows Patience on North Korea Issue

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President Bush urges patience in handling North Korea's long-rage missile tests and downplays hopes for a United Nations resolution that would threaten sanctions. Speaking at a solo press conference held in a Chicago museum, the president also touched on the war in Iraq and the debate over immigration in the United States.

Holding a rare press conference outside of Washington gave the president a chance for exposure in a major media market, away from what the White House has described as the negative Washington press. But if getting away from tougher questions was the president's plan, it didn't succeed.

Much of the session focused on the standoff with North Korea. President Bush said that if the long-range missile tested this week was aimed at the United States, he's reasonably sure the country's missile defense system could shoot it down.

As for how to end the stalemate over what steps to take with Pyongyang, the president hinted that he was a little impatient with Russia and China, which have balked at the idea of threatening sanctions.



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