September 4, 2017 / 10:34 AM / 10 months ago

Germany, France float new sanctions after North Korea nuclear test

BERLIN (Reuters) - Germany and France will ask the European Union to consult about the possibility of imposing heavier sanctions on North Korea after its latest nuclear test, Germany’s government spokesman Steffen Seibert said on Monday.

“It is exclusively North Korea, its leadership, and President Kim who are responsible for this provocation,” Seibert told a news conference, adding Pyongyang’s ambassador would again be summoned to the Foreign Ministry. “North Korea is treading all over international law.”

Berlin was in favour of a “diplomatic, peaceful” solution to the crisis, he said, adding this required a coordinated response from the entire world - “Not just the western world, but Russia and China too.”

Reporting By Thomas Escritt; Editing by Michelle Martin

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