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Merkel says China, U.S. can sway North Korea with political pressure
April 13, 2017 / 1:12 AM / 8 months ago

Merkel says China, U.S. can sway North Korea with political pressure

BERLIN (Reuters) - German Chancellor Angela Merkel has urged the United States and China to put political pressure on North Korea over its nuclear programme, pressing for a peaceful resolution to escalating tensions.

German Chancellor Angela Merkel attends the weekly cabinet meeting at the Chancellery in Berlin, Germany April 12, 2017. REUTERS/Hannibal Hanschke

“I don’t put my trust in military means, but rather in political pressure being exerted on North Korea from different sides,” Merkel told the Funke media group in comments released on Thursday.

“If China and the United States do that together, it won’t be without consequence,” she added.

On Wednesday, Chinese President Xi Jinping called for a peaceful resolution of rising tension on the Korean peninsula in a telephone conversation with U.S. President Donald Trump, as a U.S. aircraft carrier strike group steamed towards the region.

Writing by Paul Carrel; Editing by Angus MacSwan

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