Her comments come ahead of U.N. Security Council talks on how the global community should deal with North Korea’s ratcheting up of its nuclear and missile programs. She added, “If our participation in talks is wanted, I will say yes immediately”.
Russian President, Vladimir Putin and German Chancellor, Angela Merkel, on Monday reaffirmed that they would uphold peaceful ways to resolve the Korean Peninsula impasse.
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 United Nations sanctions.
The DPRK claimed earlier this month that it had successfully detonated an H-bomb, which could be carried by an intercontinental ballistic missile.
Merkel told the Frankfurter Allgemeine newspaper on Sunday she was ready to become involved in a diplomatic initiative to end the North Korean nuclear and missiles program, and suggested the Iran nuclear talks could be a model.
“I could imagine such a format being used to end the North Korea conflict”, she said.
“So we’re working flat out at the United Nations to get a better resolution there to enforce the existing sanctions, we’re looking at sanctions across the European Union, and of course we’re trying to persuade China to keep its neighbour in check”.
North Korea has tested more missiles this year than it ever has before.
The reverse, Iran helping North Korea’s nuclear program, has also been long discussed in academic and intelligence literature, especially regarding Iran providing funds to the cash-strapped North, but has less often burst into media headlines.
It also recently tested a nuclear bomb several times more powerful than its previous test, with many analysts saying the North has finally mastered a low level hydrogen bomb.
Following a report in England’s Sunday Telegraph about Iran helping North Korea in its recent jumps forward with its nuclear program, Deputy Minister for Diplomacy Michael Oren later Sunday took to twitter asking if the world would finally intervene.
Nato’s secretary general, Jens Stoltenberg, earlier refused to say whether an attack on the U.S. territory of Guam would be covered by article 5, in which an attack on one member of the alliance is considered an attack on all.