Merkel: Germany disagrees with Trump's remarks on DPRK in UN Assembly

Source:Xinhua Published: 2017/9/21 7:14:15

German Chancellor Angela Merkel on Wednesday criticized US President Donald Trump' remarks about the Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK), saying any type of military solution was "absolutely inappropriate."

Speaking to Deutsche Welle, Merkel said that sanctions and enforcing these sanctions were the right answer, but anything else with regard to DPRK was wrong.

"And that is why we [the German government] clearly disagree with the US president," said Merkel.

In his first speech before the United Nations on Tuesday, Trump warned that the United States would "totally destroy DPRK" if forced to defend itself or its allies.

Merkel said she was prepared, as was the foreign minister, to act responsibly. She called for a similar approach to the Iran nuclear agreement and working with Russia, China and the United States to deal with the DPRK nuclear issue.

The German Chancellor also said a balance between Germans and refugees in the labor market should be maintained by not allowing refugees to enter labor market too quickly.

Speaking about the far-right party AfD, Merkel reiterated that she would never work with it, adding she would address people's concerns over jobs, schools and health in a bid to win back far-right voters.


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