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"We are watching the increasing rhetorical escalation regarding the Korean Peninsula with the greatest concern," foreign ministry spokesman Martin Schäfer told reporters.
"That is why we call on all sides to use restraint."
Schäfer - Berlin - Option - Answer - Quest
Schäfer said Berlin was convinced a "military option" could not be "the answer in the quest for a nuclear weapon-free" region.
He urged the international community to "thoroughly implement" the latest round of sanctions against North Korea approved by the United Nations Security Council.
Call - US - Secretary - State - Rex
And he backed a call by US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson to resume talks with Pyongyang if it halts ballistic missile tests.
"We must all continue our diplomatic efforts - it is the only way to ensure that the threat of the illegal North Korean nuclear weapons programme can be contained," he said.
Schäfer - Germany - Partners - United - States
Schäfer said Germany would be consulting with partners including the United States and China "to...
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