- Title: Military intervention in North Korea would be irresponsible, Germany says
- Date: 7th August 2017
- Summary: KIRCHHEIM/TECK, GERMANY (AUGUST 7, 2017) (REUTERS) PEOPLE WALKING PAST BEER GARDEN IN SOUTHERN GERMANY WHERE FOREIGN MINISTER SIGMAR GABRIEL ADDRESSED SUPPORTERS AS PART OF SOCIAL DEMOCRATS' (SPD) ELECTION CAMPAIGN POSTER ANNOUNCING GABRIEL'S VISIT, SLOGAN READING IN GERMAN "TIME FOR MORE JUSTICE" GABRIEL AND ENTOURAGE ARRIVING ON FOOT GABRIEL WALKING TO PODIUM MAN DRINKING BEER SUPPORTERS LISTENING (SOUNDBITE) (German) GERMAN FOREIGN MINISTER, SIGMAR GABRIEL, SAYING: "We're talking about a danger for millions of people. A military intervention in my view is irresponsible although our hand is clenched to a fist every day when you look at what this guy is doing. Sanctions have been stepped up again but what's decisive is that they are adhered to. He can't live without China and he can't live without Russia. If they close their borders his possibilities will come to an end. But so far they are not doing that completely." GABRIEL SPEAKING WIDE OF GABRIEL SPEAKING ON STAGE MAN FILMING GABRIEL WITH HIS MOBILE PHONE (SOUNDBITE) (German) GERMAN FOREIGN MINISTER, SIGMAR GABRIEL, SAYING: "As much as this guy is annoying, starting a war would mean an incredible amount of victims in Seoul and Tokyo and elsewhere. That's why I'm always a bit hesitant with calls to quickly end this." VARIOUS OF APPLAUSE FOR GABRIEL GABRIEL WALKING PAST
- Embargoed: 21st August 2017 12:23
- Keywords: North Korea missiles test Germany Gabriel military intervention
- Location: KIRCHHEIM/TECK, GERMANY
- City: KIRCHHEIM/TECK, GERMANY
- Country: Germany
- Topics: Diplomacy/Foreign Policy,Government/Politics
- Reuters ID: LVA0016T5O3EV
- Aspect Ratio: 16:9
- Story Text: German Foreign Minister Sigmar Gabriel said on Monday (August 7) that a military intervention in North Korea would be "irresponsible" because it would mean "an incredible amount of victims in Seoul, Tokyo and elsewhere."
Gabriel was speaking at an election rally in southern Germany, hours after U.S. President Donald Trump and South Korean President Moon Jae-in affirmed in a telephone call that North Korea posed a growing threat to most of the world after recent intercontinental ballistic missile tests, according to the White House.
Germany's foreign minister also welcomed new sanctions imposed by the United Nations Security Council but said they needed to be adhered to, saying that if China and Russia closed their borders to North Korea, Kim Jong Un's "possibilities will come to an end."
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