Published: Thu, September 14, 2017
World | By Paul Elliott

Germany suggested Iran-style nuclear talks to end North Korea crisis

Germany suggested Iran-style nuclear talks to end North Korea crisis

The discussion comes hours before the UNSC is expected to vote on a new round of economic sanctions against North Korea, punishing it for the latest nuclear test.

The sudden surge in technological capability by the Pyongyang regime reportedly points to help from elsewhere.

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.

Mr Johnson said: "There is now an investigation into exactly how the country has managed to make this leap in technological ability".

While Iran is the country that is most suspected by United Kingdom officials of providing support to North Korea, others, including Russian Federation, have been mentioned as well. "We are looking at the possible role that may have been played, inadvertently or otherwise, by some current and former nuclear states".

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

"We call on Korea to abandon its nuclear programs, it's missile programs, and to refrain from more testing, because this is a blatant violation of several United Nations security resolutions and it's a threat to global peace and stability".

"British officials say Iran assists North Korean nuclear program", Israel's Deputy Minister for Diplomacy Michael Oren tweeted in response to the Sunday Telegraph story.

"If our participation in talks is desired, I will immediately say yes", Merkel told Frankfurter Allgemeine Sonntagszeitung in a recent interview, Reuters reported.

Merkel has said she would be prepared to become involved in a diplomatic initiative to end the North Korean nuclear and missile programs, and suggested that negotiations held to reach the Iran nuclear deal could be a model.

In March, it was reported that a year ago North Korea attempted to sell a form of the metal lithium, which can be used to miniaturize nuclear warheads to fit on missiles on the open market, possibly to Iran.

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