Merkel condemns Trump's North Korea threat

Remigio Civitarese
Settembre 20, 2017

"We consider any form of military solution as totally inappropriate and we insist on a diplomatic solution".

"I am against such threats", Merkel told broadcaster Deutsche Welle when asked about Trump's remarks at the United Nations General Assembly on Tuesday.

"From my point of view sanctions and their implementation are the right answer".

Merkel said she told Trump by telephone a few days ago that a diplomatic solution must be found.

"With regards to North Korea, I consider any other option to be without foundation". "And that is why we clearly disagree with the USA president".

The UN Security Council adopted new sanctions against the North as a result, a move that Pyongyang warned would not go unanswered.

As Germany's election edges closer and Chancellor Angela Merkel of Christian Democratic Union (CDU) sets her sights on a fourth-straight term in office, France and Germany are expected to take the lead on post-Brexit reforms starting this year, experts say.

"Even if this conflict is far away from Germany, it is one that also affects us", Merkel said. "And this is why I am ready - and the foreign minister (Social Democrat Sigmar Gabriel) is ready - to assume my responsibilities".

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