Putin and Merkel condemn Pyongyang's disregard for United Nations resolutions

Elias Hubbard
September 14, 2017

German Chancellor Angela Merkel is ready to intervene directly in a diplomatic initiative to end the nuclear and missile program of the Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK), a German newspaper reported Sunday.

"It is a source of joy that the community of top worldwide politicians has welcomed JCPOA as a precedent and model, but it can not be applied to the North Korea case", Heshmatollah Falahatpisheh said in an interview with ICANA on Monday.

The parliamentarian noted that nuclear bomb technology is the sole leverage Pyongyang enjoys against western powers.

"There was agreement that the conflict about North Korea's nuclear armament must be resolved peacefully", Steffen Seibert said in a statement. Germany was one of the countries behind the deal, and Merkel believes it had a "good end".

"If we were asked to join talks, I would say "yes" immediately", she said in an interview with the Frankfurter Allgemeine Sonntagszeitung published on Sunday. Russian President Vladimir Putin and German Chancellor Angela Merkel have denounced provocative actions taken by Pyongyang that ignores the UN Security Council's resolutions and confirmed that settlement of the situation on the Korean Peninsula is possible only through talks between all parties, the Kremlin press service reported after a telephone talk between the two countries' leaders initiated by the German side.

She called that negotiation period "a long but important time of diplomacy" that ultimately had a "good end" past year, referring to when the deal was put in place. "Europe and especially Germany should be willing to contribute to this approach, playing a very active part", Merkel said.

German Chancellor Angela Merkel on Monday voiced her support for tougher United Nations sanctions against North Korea in a telephone call with Russian President Vladimir Putin, a German government spokesman said.

Rosett pointed out that it was unusual for Iran to be devoting resources to developing ballistic missiles, which are "cost-efficient only as vehicles for delivering nuclear warheads", if it had sworn off the development of nuclear weapons, per the 2015 nuclear deal.

"A new arms race starting in the region would not be in anyone's interests", she said.

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