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Merkel pledges German support for Korean reunification

UN is preparing to discuss missile tests by the North

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Chancellor Angela Merkel has said that Germany would be happy to play a role in the reunification of the Korean peninsula. Meanwhile the UN Security Council is preparing to discuss missile tests by the North, reports Deutsche Welle.

Merkel on Wednesday said that Germany’s own past experience of reunification meant that it had a duty to help in Korea.

"We would very much like to support Korea in this important issue," said Merkel, after meeting with South Korean President Park Geun-hye in Berlin. "Germany was divided for 40 years. Korea, meanwhile, has been in such a situation for 70 years."

"It’s our goal and, to a certain extent, our duty to help other countries to re-establish their national unity," said Merkel. The Chancellor, a pastor’s daughter raised in East Germany before going on to lead her country years after the fall of the Berlin Wall, described herself as a product of reunification.

Park said that her country and Germany had a "bond" as they shared the "painful experience" of division, which ended in Germany when the Berlin Wall fell in 1989. > more...

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