Germany's Merkel points to Iran talks as model for N. Korea

Asylum seekers stranded in a Budapest train station

Asylum seekers stranded in a Budapest train station

Higher Whitehall officials claim that scientists of the DPRK "did not act in a vacuum" could alone ensure the success of the programs in North Korea.

London made the list of "suspects", which is headed by Iran, and which includes also Russian Federation.

In a separate report, The Guardian noted that Merkel's intervention reflects growing alarm in Europe that US President Donald Trump is worsening one nuclear crisis by repeated threats to use military force against North Korea, and seeking to trigger a second one by torpedoing the Iran deal to which Germany, France and the United Kingdom are among the signatories.

Senior British officials told The Sunday Telegraph that it is likely that other countries aided North Korea in its missile and nuclear programs.

In this undated image distributed on Sunday, September 3, 2017, by the North Korean government, shows North Korean leader Kim Jong Un at an undisclosed location.

"If our participation in talks is desired, I will say yes", Merkel said in an interview with the Frankfurter Allgemeine Sonntagszeitung.

Merkel has exoressed optimism about a mandatory quota system
Merkel has exoressed optimism about a mandatory quota system

Talks between Iran and six world powers, sealed with a 2015 deal for Tehran to roll back its nuclear program and submit to inspections in exchange for some sanctions being rolled back, were "a long but important period of diplomacy" that had achieved a "good end", she added.

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

"I could imagine such a format being used to end the North Korea conflict". Europe and in particular Germany should be ready to contribute a very active part.

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.

She said she thinks the only way to deal with North Korea's nuclear program is to come to a diplomatic solution, adding: "A new arms race starting in the region would not be in anyone's interests".

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