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Switzerland's Offer to North Korea

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As North Korea continues issuing daily threats against the United States and South Korea, Switzerland has offered to step in as a moderator. But so far, nobody seems to want the famously neutral country's help.

Switzerland emailed a statement to the Associated Press on Wednesday reminding the Korean Peninsula that they're there in case anyone needs them: "Switzerland is willing to contribute to the relaxation of the Korean Peninsula and is always willing to help find a solution," the statement read, adding, "The parties have so far made no such request." The country has apparently spoken to diplomats from both countries on the Peninsula about their offer.

The country, where Kim Jong-un was reportedly educated as a child under a pseudonym, helps to monitor the demilitarized zone between North and South Korea. Switzerland has a long résumé of international moderation efforts, Reuters notes:

"Neutral Switzerland often hosts peace talks and mediates in international conflicts, more recently between Russia and Ukraine and between the United States and Iran and Cuba. The Swiss Foreign Ministry said it had been involved in more than 15 sets of peace negotiations in the past seven years, including in Sudan, Colombia, Sri Lanka, Uganda and Nepal."
 

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