09/20/2017 12:48 pm ET Updated Sep 20, 2017

Trump's Threat To 'Destroy' North Korea Is Wrong: Merkel

The German Chancellor said any form of military solution would be "totally inappropriate."

BERLIN (Reuters) - Germany and the United States disagree on how to handle the standoff with North Korea, Chancellor Angela Merkel said on Wednesday, condemning U.S. President Donald Trump’s threat to “totally destroy” the reclusive state.

Merkel, who is expected to win a fourth term in an election on Sunday, said sanctions and diplomacy were the only way to get the nuclear armed state to the negotiating table.

German Chancellor Angela Merkel
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German Chancellor Angela Merkel

“I am against such threats,” Merkel told the Deutsche Welle broadcaster when asked about Trump’s remarks at the United Nations. “We consider any form of military solution as totally inappropriate and we insist on a diplomatic solution.”

She added: “From my point of view sanctions and their implementation are the right answer. But I consider everything else concerning North Korea as wrong.”

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

(Reporting by Joseph Nasr; Editing by Maria Sheahan)