Switzerland says no takers yet on offer to defuse Korea tensions

Switzerland says it is standing by as a potential negotiator to defuse the tensions between the United States and North Korea, but so far no one has taken it up on the offer.

The Swiss foreign ministry says it has offered to play mediator, and that it has been in contact with diplomats from the North Korean and South Korean embassies in Switzerland.

Ministry spokeswoman Carole Waelti told The Associated Press in an emailed statement Wednesday that Switzerland is willing to help ease tensions on the Korean Peninsula and has offered to host meetings between the parties.

Switzerland helps monitor the demilitarized zone that was created after the Korean War ended in 1953 with an armistice, not a peace treaty, leaving the peninsula still technically at war.