Angela Merkel: Germany ready to play ‘active role’ in North Korea diplomacy

German Chancellor Angela Merkel in Berlin | John MacDougall/AFP via Getty Images

German Chancellor Angela Merkel said her country stands ready to play an active diplomatic role alongside other global leaders to end North Korea’s nuclear program.

“If we were asked to join talks, I would say yes immediately,” Merkel said in an interview with German newspaper Frankfurter Allgemeine Sonntagszeitung published Sunday.

Her comments come ahead of U.N. Security Council talks on how the international community should deal with North Korea’s ratcheting up of its nuclear and missile programs. The United States said Friday it intends to call for a vote on Monday on a draft resolution establishing additional sanctions on North Korea, according to Reuters.

New measures would include imposing an oil embargo, banning its exports of…

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