U.S. President George W. Bush met on Wednesday with New Zealand's Prime Minister Helen Clark at the White House with the two sides having exchanged views over bilateral cooperation and international issues of mutual concern.
"We talked about North Korea and Iran, our mutual desire for these problems of nations wanting to have nuclear weapons to be solved in a peaceful way, by using the diplomatic process," Bush told a news briefing after the talks.
Bush also said that the United States will "help in any way we can" to address difficult situations in the Pacific.
Clark, who praised U.S. involvement in Pacific affairs, said New Zealand is working closely with the United States in the fields of, among others, counter-terrorism and counter- proliferation.
"The U.S. is focusing on the problems of the South Pacific," Clark said. "We've had close coordination."