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Germany suggested Iran-style nuclear talks to end North Korea crisis

Germany suggested Iran-style nuclear talks to end North Korea crisis”

Officials in the United Kingdom (UK) believe that Iran has been helping North Korea make significant progress with enhancing its nuclear weapons program, according to a report in The Telegraph.

"If our participation in talks is desired, I will immediately say yes", Merkel told Frankfurter Allgemeine Sonntagszeitung in an interview published Sunday.

The five permanent members of the UN Security Council and Germany conducted long-running talks with Iran that led to a 2015 deal for worldwide sanctions to be lifted in exchange for Tehran curbing its nuclear activities. The diplomatic process was "long but important", and eventually resulted in a "good end", she said. "Europe and especially Germany should be prepared to play a very active part in that", Merkel added.

Meanwhile, North Korea's leader, Kim Jong-un, hosted an elaborate banquet in Pyongyang over the weekend for military leaders, scientists and technicians to celebrate the country's sixth and most powerful nuclear test.

The chancellor told FAZ she feared that without diplomatic action, North Korea's nuclear threat could lead to an arms race, with South Korea and Japan also ramping up their nuclear programs.

The United States has been reacting diplomatically for the last week, engaging with the United Nations and seeking fresh sanctions. The newspaper said, without naming its sources, that she would speak by telephone with Russian President Vladimir Putin on Monday.

Merkel urged the Security Council to adopt a similar approach to North Korea as it did for Iran in 2015.

Merkel spoke to leaders including Chinese President Xi Jinping and Prime Minister Shinzo Abe about North Korea last week.



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