North Korea's sudden advancement in developing nuclear weapons may be due to secret support from Iran, British officials fear.
The U.S. plans to seek a strong resolution Monday from the U.N. Security Council in a bid to convince North Korea to end its provocations and tone down its rhetoric.
"I would say yes immediately if we were asked to join talks", Merkel told weekly newspaper Frankfurter Allgemeine Sonntagszeitung.
Merkel told the newspaper: "I could also imagine such a format to settle the North Korea conflict". "Europe and especially Germany ought to be ready to make a very active contribution", Merkel said.
Merkel has already discussed the issue with US President Donald Trump, French President Emmanuel Macron, South Korean President Moon Jae-in and Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, and also planned a telephone call with Putin, he said.
She said she thinks the only way to deal with North Korea's nuclear program is to come to a diplomatic solution, adding: "A new arms race starting in the region would not be in anyone's interests".
New measures would include imposing an oil embargo, banning its exports of textiles and the hiring of North Korean laborers overseas, and subjecting leader Kim Jong Un to an asset freeze and travel ban. "And we're proud of that", the chancellor added.
Merkel is expected to secure a fourth term as chancellor in the September 24 general election.
According to the German Foreign Office, at least 10 Germans are now detained in Turkey on political charges, including Deniz Yücel, a German-Turkish journalist with Die Welt newspaper.
According to the German Foreign Office, Yucil is one of at least 10 Germans now detained in Turkey on political charges. "Turkey's travel warning against Germany is a bad joke!", Peter Altmaier, head of Merkel's chancellery office, wrote on Twitter earlier Sunday. "Nazi comparisons offend our honour!" he said, referring to previous exchanges between Ankara and Berlin, in which Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan repeatedly accused the German government of employing "Nazi practices." .