BEIJING, July 15 (UPI) -- Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi said the Iran nuclear deal could serve as a blueprint for negotiations with North Korea.
Speaking at a press conference in Beijing, Yi said the "nuclear issue on the Korean peninsula" now has an "active model" in the deal reached Tuesday in Vienna, South Korean news agency Yonhap reported.
Wang said the most important implication of the Iran nuclear deal was evidence that the resolution of a complicated situation was possible, "however difficult the problem."
Beijing, Wang added, had a "distinctly constructive effect" on the nuclear deal, but he did not elaborate further on China's role.
The Chinese foreign minister said the deal is significant because it embodies a "win-win" spirit espoused by all sides, and the emphasis on conversation and compromise could be key to resolving the North Korean nuclear crisis.
In May, U.S., South Korea and Japan representatives of the six-party talks agreed on pressuring North Korea to return to a stalled dialogue – but little progress has been made with Pyongyang.
David Straub, a North Korea specialist at Stanford University, told Voice of America North Korea will feel pressure as it watches the Iran nuclear deal from the sidelines.
"I think there will be considerable psychological pressure on them as individuals and as a government," Straub said.
"[But] in the short term, I don't think it will have any particular effect."
Other analysts said North Korea is unlikely to react positively to the development.
Stephen Haggard, a professor of global policy at University of California, San Diego, said the Iran deal might even have a negative effect on North Korea, because the deal includes a requirement that Tehran open all its facilities to IAEA inspection.