Swiss President believes that Switzerland as the neutral country is able to facilitate dialogue between North Korea, South Korea, and the US. The North Korea crisis can be settled with the diplomatic help of Switzerland, said Doris Leuthard.
Switzerland offers its role for good services as a mediator amid the North Korea crisis. In a light of the upcoming weeks, a lot will depend on how the United States, Japan and China can have an influence in this tense situation. That’s why neutral countries like Switzerland and Sweden can have a role behind the curtain.
Moreover, the North Korean leader Kim Jong-un spent a few years of his youth in Bern studying under an assumed name.
Leuthard’s comments come after the North Korean chairman defied global leaders to test a hydrogen bomb over the weekend in a sign he is not backing down despite tougher sanctions.
The Swiss President doesn’t believe in the power of the UN sanctions against North Korea, according to the Swiss leader, such measures aren’t able to change ‘many things’ in the current situation.
North Korea crisis, China, and Vladimir Putin
Russian President and his Chinese counterpart Xi Jinping agreed on the importance of de-escalating the situation. Vladimir Putin stressed the international community is going to ‘appropriately deal with’ sixth and most powerful nuclear test conducted by North Korea recently.
Pyongyang is under mounting pressure over its missile and military nuclear programs and has been subjected to an array of UN sanctions. The sixth missile test, however, could be a chance to start a dialogue,
“Perhaps these actions of North Korea are also an invitation for dialogue: We’ll see,”
the Swiss leader said, noting that the time is ripe for dialogue, while Kremlin warned against taking any “clumsy steps” in dealing with Pyongyang, saying this would only escalate the tensions.