On Friday, German Chancellor Angela Merkel expressed concern about the “escalation of rhetoric” regarding the U.S.-North Korea situation, while also forecasting that military action is not what will ease the Asian dictatorship's relations with the United States. Instead, she sees it as more of a long game.

“I believe that — am firmly convinced that — an escalation of rhetoric will not contribute to a solution of this conflict,” she said when asked about President Donald Trump's comments on the nuclear escalation.

“I do not see a military solution to this conflict, rather I see continuous work,” she continued, “like we have seen in the UN Security Council with members with resolutions in view of North Korea, and above all very close cooperation with affected countries, especially the United States and China, but also South Korea, of course Japan.”

“Germany will be intensively involved with potential solutions that we see, not of a military manner,” she concluded. “But the escalation of rhetoric I hold as the wrong answer.”

Also on Friday, Trump tweeted a statement saying that America's “military solutions are ... locked and loaded.”

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