BERLIN (Sputnik) — The German government believes that a military solution to the North Korean issue will have terrible consequences, spokesman Steffan Seibert said.
"The road to a military solution would have terrible consequences," Seibert told a briefing.
Berlin accepts only political and diplomatic solution to the issue, which was currently discussed in the United Nations Security Council (UNSC), he said.
"Every democrat must find the right words to stand up against racism. Those who can't demonstrate a definitive stand must reckon with the fact that they are empowering neo-Nazis," the minister said, as quoted by Deutsche Welle.
On Friday, German Chancellor Angela Merkel said that the North Korean crisis could not be resolved by military means, stressing that using threats and harsh wording as a response is wrong, apparently referring to US President Donald Trump's escalation of rhetoric toward Pyongyang.
The tensions around North Korea have been high over the recent months and they have escalated further after the tightening of economic sanctions against North Korea by the United Nations Security Council (UNSC) earlier in August in response to two recent launches of ballistic missiles by Pyongyang.
On Friday, Trump said that US military solutions are "fully in place, locked and loaded" should North Korea "act unwisely." However, after a phone call with French President Emmanuel Macron, who also called for a dialogue between the US and North Korea, the White House said that Washington will work with allies and partners to enforce United Nations sanctions and achieve denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula."