Can Germany Ease Tensions Between the U.S. and North Korea?

Can Germany Ease Tensions Between the U.S. and North Korea?

German Chancellor Angela Merkel thinks that the aggressive language thrown at North Korea by the Trump White House can lead nowhere. She thinks that a new round of negotiations is the right answer, and Germany should be a part of it.

Merkel who is eyeing a fourth term in this month’s elections is considered one of the last defenders of Western values in the face of the Trump administration. On Sunday, she said that she would join negotiations “immediately” if someone made that proposition.

In a recent interview, she recalled the nuclear negotiations with Iran which were started by Europe and continued by the United Nations Security Council and Germany. In the end, those talks morphed into a back-and-forth between Washington and Tehran.

Merkel thinks the lengthy period of the negotiations was a significant example of diplomacy which led to a “good end” in 2016 when a deal came together.

 “I could imagine such a format being used to end the North Korea conflict,” the German Chancellor said.

Germany Should Have ‘Very Active Part’

She thinks that the European Union and Germany, in particular, should “play a very active part” in that round of talks.

Trump, on the other hand, slammed the Iran deal as the “worst” ever. On the campaign trail, he pledged to roll back the “disastrous” agreement, and after he was elected, he hinted that he might not recertify it. However, other states believe the deal just put on hold Iran’s nuclear program for at least a decade.

Some analysts criticized Merkel for comparing the situation in Iran with North Korea’s. Unlike North Korea, Iran claims its nuclear research program was not intended for military purposes. Plus, the Middle Eastern country doesn’t have a nuclear bomb, while the North already has one, is ready to launch it, but lacks the technological know-how to hit the U.S. mainland.
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