German Chancellor Angela Merkel issued a warning on Friday against President Trump’s bombastic rhetoric against North Korea, adding that she didn’t see a military solution to the issue and that such fiery rhetoric is the “wrong answer.”
“I believe that, am firmly convinced that an escalation of rhetoric will not contribute to a solution of this conflict,” Merkel said when asked about Trump’s recent “fire and fury” statement on the issue.
“I do not see a military solution to this conflict, rather I see continuous work, like we have seen in the U.N. Security Council with members with resolutions in view of North Korea, and above all very close cooperation with affected countries, especially the United States and China, but also South Korea, of course Japan,” she continued.
“Germany will be intensively involved with potential solutions that we see, not of a military manner. But the escalation of rhetoric I hold as the wrong answer,” she said.
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Merkel’s comments come in the wake of rising tensions between the U.S. and North Korea.
Following a report on Tuesday that North Korea had successfully miniaturized a nuclear weapon to put on a ballistic missile, Trump responded by warning Pyongyang that they would see “fire and fury like the world has never seen” if the rogue regime continued to threaten the U.S.
On Thursday, the president doubled down on his “fire and fury” warning by saying it may not have been “tough enough.”
On Friday morning, Trump warned the U.S. military was “locked and loaded” if North Korea carried out on its threat to launch missiles toward Guam in the coming weeks.