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Germany vows to work with S. Korea to end N. Korea’s nuclear program

2016/04/25 17:19

SEOUL, April 25 (Yonhap) -- The head of Germany's upper house of parliament vowed Monday that his country will cooperate with South Korea to help end North Korea’s provocations, including its nuclear program, the presidential office Cheong Wa Dae said Monday.

Stanislaw Tillich -- president of the Bundesrat and the governor of the German state of Saxony -- made the pledge during his talks with South Korean President Park Geun-hye, the presidential office said.

The meeting came two days after North Korea fired a submarine-launched ballistic missile in its latest defiance of international sanctions and pressure.

The U.N. Security Council has imposed the toughest-ever sanctions resolution on North Korea for a fourth nuclear test and a long-range rocket launch earlier this year.

Still, North Korea has shown signs of preparing for a fifth nuclear test apparently to consolidate its internal unity ahead of a rare congress of the ruling Workers' Party early next month.

Park told Tillich that South Korea hopes to strengthen its cooperation with Germany on issues like unification, noting South Koreans have a special bond with Germany.

South Korea hopes to learn from the German experience as it prepares for potential unification with North Korea. The 1950-53 Korean War ended with a cease-fire agreement, not a peace treaty, leaving the two Koreas divided and technically at war.

President Park Geun-hye (R) holds talks with Stanislaw Tillich, head of Germany's  Bundesrat, at Cheong Wa Dae on April 25, 2016. (Yonhap) President Park Geun-hye (R) holds talks with Stanislaw Tillich, head of Germany's Bundesrat, at Cheong Wa Dae on April 25, 2016. (Yonhap)

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