Iran helping North Korea advance nuclear weapons program

"I could imagine such a format being used to end the North Korea conflict", Merkel said in an interview published Sunday in the Frankfurter Allgemeine Sonntagszeitung. "The only conceivable solution is a peaceful and diplomatic one".

The deal, which came about under former President Barack Obama and saw Germany, the U.S., France, China and Russian Federation unite to end a potentially unsafe defense program, lifted sanctions on the Middle Eastern power in exchange for reducing its use of nuclear materials and equipment for 10 years or more. "Europe and especially Germany ought to be ready to make a very active contribution", Merkel said. And Britain's UN ambassador, Matthew Rycroft, told CBS his nation "wants a robust further sanctions resolution to give a chance for diplomacy to end this crisis".

The newspaper said she has been in contact with Chinese President Xi Jinping and Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe this week regarding North Korea.

"While North Korea is in possession of nuclear bombs and is using them as a threat, it lacks the Islamic Republic of Iran's diplomatic power that stems from its population size, global sway and strategic depth", he said. The United States is fully entitled to defend its own territory, to defend its bases and look after its people.

In recent weeks, US President Donald Trump and North Korean dictator Kim Jong-un have engaged in an unprecedented war of words, leading some to say that the world came the cloest to nuclear war since the 1962 Cuban Missile Crisis.

In late August, North Korea fired a ballistic missile over Japan and into the Pacific Ocean. But this involves us.

"The range is getting longer and longer and we have to get this programme halted because the dangers now of miscalculation, of some accident triggering a response, are extremely great".

It is worth noting that ten years ago, the media reported that the DPRK is helping Iran conduct an underground nuclear test.

Iran agreed to curb its nuclear work in exchange for the lifting of most sanctions.

Asked whether a strike against Guam would be covered under the clause that commits North Atlantic Treaty Organisation members to come to the defense of each other, he said: "I will not speculate about whether Article Five will be applied in such a situation".

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