German Chancellor Angela Merkel said that she would be prepared to become involved in a diplomatic initiative to end the North Korean nuclear and missiles program.
Pointing to negotiations that led to a landmark nuclear agreement between Iran and world powers in 2015, Angela Merkel suggested: “Iran nuclear talks could be a model.”
“If our participation in talks is desired, I will immediately say yes,” Merkel told in an interview with Frankfurter Allgemeine Sonntagszeitung.
Germany and the five countries on the United Nations Security Council with veto power took part in talks that led to Iran agreeing to curb its nuclear work in return for the lifting of most sanctions.
Merkel said that was “a long but important time of diplomacy” that ultimately had a “good end.”
Referring to when the deal was implemented, Merkel added: “I could imagine such a format being used to end the North Korea conflict. Europe and especially Germany should be prepared to play a very active part in that.”
She said that a new arms race starting in the region would not be in anyone’s interests.