Following a report in England's Sunday Telegraph about Iran helping North Korea in its recent jumps forward with its nuclear program, Deputy Minister for Diplomacy Michael Oren later Sunday took to twitter asking if the world would finally intervene.
The Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action is the official name of the 2015 nuclear pact between Iran and six major powers, namely the US, Britain, France, Russia and China plus Germany. Ted Cruz (R - Texas) asked then-Director of National Intelligence James Clapper what the United States intelligence community knows about Iranian nuclear cooperation with North Korea.
British authorities suspect that Iran has offered behind-the-scenes technological assistance for Pyongyang's nuclear program, though others think that Russian Federation may have provided some of the know-how.
"While North Korea is in possession of nuclear bombs and is using them as a threat, it lacks the Islamic Republic of Iran's diplomatic power that stems from its population size, worldwide sway and strategic depth", he said. Germany was one of the countries behind the deal, and Merkel believes it had a "good end".
South Korea was on alert for a possible further missile test by the North on Monday, two days after it marked its founding anniversary and more than a week since its sixth and largest nuclear test rattled global financial markets and further escalated tensions in the region.
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German chancellor calls on UN Security Council to adopt diplomatic solution modeled on 2015 Iran crisis.
She called that negotiation period "a long but important time of diplomacy" that ultimately had a "good end" a year ago, referring to when the deal was put in place. "Europe and especially Germany should be prepared to play a very active part in that", she added.
The Kremlin said that both nations agreed that North Korea was acting provocatively by ignoring the resolutions of the UN Security Council and continuing nuclear and ballistic missile tests.
She drew a parallel with the multilateral talks with Iran over its nuclear programme.
"There was agreement that the conflict about North Korea's nuclear armament must be resolved peacefully", German government spokesman Steffen Seibert said in a statement.