Switzerland offers to mediate talks between US and North Korea

5 September 2017

Switzerland offers to mediate talks between US and North Korea

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Swiss President Doris Leuthard has said Switzerland is prepared to mediate talks between North Korea and the United States.

Ms Leuthard noted that Swiss troops were deployed in the Korean Demilatarised Zone and that the country had a long history of neutral diplomacy.

“We are ready to offer our role … as a mediator,” Ms Leuthard told a news conference. “It is really time now to sit down at a table. Big powers have a responsibility.”

Tensions continue to escalate on the Korean Peninsular after the North Korean regime claimed to have successfully tested an advanced hydrogen bomb for a long-range missile.

In response to the test, US Defence Secretary Jim Mattis said: “We are not looking to the total annihilation of a country, namely North Korea. But as I said, we have many options to do so.”

A second United Nations Security Council meeting has been scheduled in a week.

Meanwhile, the US Ambassador to the UN, Nikki Haley, has urged the implementation of the “strongest sanctions” possible.

“Only the strongest sanctions will enable us to resolve this problem through diplomacy,” Ms Haley told the Security Council.