Merkel suggests Iranian-style nuclear deal for North Korea
German chancellor says that a similar deal to the accord arranged with the Middle Eastern state could be adopted
German chancellor Angela Merkel has proposed starting negotiations with the North Koreans over their nuclear weapons programme similar to those that led to Iran curtailing its nuclear program as a possible model for tackling the current crisis in east Asia.
Talking to the Frankfurter Allgemeine Sonntagszeitung newspaper in an article published on Sunday, Ms Merkel stressed that a diplomatic solution was the only viable way to resolve the crisis. She added, “If our participation in talks is wanted, I will say yes immediately.”
The five permanent members of the UN Security Council and Germany conducted long-running talks with Iran that led to a 2015 deal for international sanctions to be lifted in exchange for Tehran curbing its nuclear activities.
Merkel said: “I could also imagine such a format to settle the North Korea conflict.”
It was earlier reported that North Korea had illegally exported coal, iron and other commodities worth at least $270 million (Dh992m) to China and other countries including India, Malaysia and Sri Lanka in the six-month period ending in early August in violation of UN sanctions.
Last week the rogue state detonated a hydrogen bomb test, its sixth and most powerful nuclear test and recently launched a powerful new intermediate-range ballistic missile over Japan.
The United States has been reacting diplomatically for the last week, engaging with the United Nations and seeking fresh sanctions.
Updated: September 10, 2017 11:07 PM