Germany ‘will not automatically side with US’ in war with N. Korea – Merkel

Thursday, August 24, 2017
By Paul Martin
24 Aug, 2017

Berlin will not “automatically” side with the US should it face an armed conflict with North Korea, German Chancellor Angela Merkel has said. Merkel believes the North Korean crisis cannot be resolved through military means.
The German chancellor was speaking at the ‘Deutschland Live’ event organized by national newspaper Handelsblatt, where the ongoing North Korean crisis was among the key topics addressed.

When asked about the worst-case scenario, namely an armed conflict between Washington and Pyongyang, Merkel said that Germany would not necessarily back America.

“No, not automatically. I do not see any military solution to [the crisis with] North Korea. I think it is wrong,” Merkel said.

The German leader called for a peaceful resolution to tensions, insisting that “diplomatic means have not been utilized in full.”

Merkel has rejected any military option for North Korea, while Washington and Pyongyang continue to be embroiled in a war of words. At the height of recent tensions, US President Donald Trump promised to meet any further threats from North Korea with “fire and fury,” while the North threatened to strike a US base in Guam.

“Germany will be intensively involved in any non-military solutions,” Merkel said. “But an escalation of rhetoric is the wrong answer.”

In light of Merkel’s comments, RT looks back at other points of contention between the US and European nations.

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