German Chancellor Angela Merkel condemns U.S. President Trump's threats to North Korea at the U.N. General Assembly. Rough cut (no reporter narration).
ROUGH CUT. NO REPORTER NARRATION. Germany and the United States disagree on how to handle the standoff with North Korea, Chancellor Angela Merkel said on Wednesday (September 20), 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 (September 24), said sanctions and diplomacy were the only way to get the nuclear armed state to the negotiating table. "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.