BERLIN Russell Martin Jersey , Sept. 20 (Xinhua) -- German Chancellor Angela Merkel on Wednesday criticized U.S. President Donald Trump' remarks about the Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK), saying any type of military solution was "absolutely inappropriate."

Speaking to Deutsche Welle, Merkel said that sanctions and enforcing these sanctions were the right answer, but anything else with regard to DPRK was wrong.

"And that is why we [the German government] clearly disagree with the U.S. president," said Merkel.

In his first speech before the United Nations on Tuesday, Trump warned that the United States would "totally destroy DPRK" if forced to defend itself or its allies.

Merkel said she was prepared, as was the foreign minister, to act responsibly. She called for a similar approach to the Iran nuclear agreement and working with Russia, China and the United States to deal with the DPRK nuclear issue.

The German Chancellor also said a balance between Germans and refugees in the labor market should be maintained by not allowing refugees to enter labor market too quickly.

Speaking about the far-right party AfD, Merkel reiterated that she would never work with it, adding she would address people's concerns over jobs, schools and health in a bid to win back far-right voters.


HELSINKI, Aug. 5 (Xinhua) -- Ideological differences and divergent security policy views have become more tangible as the Finnish presidential race slated for 2018 is slowly starting.

With his current major popular backing, the incumbent president Sauli Niinisto is considered certain in making it to the second round. Local commentators have said his popularity is likely to decline when the campaign starts, though.

Actual debate between Niinisto and the contenders has been delayed. Niinisto said in May he would not start campaigning until in December. Following an outcry after his refusal to join other candidates in a panel debate at the Finland Forum in July, Niinisto said he would join one panel in October.

Niinisto is running as an independent candidate with an election association.

In 2012, Niinisto was elected as a candidate of the conservative National Coalition Party, and won 62 percent of the votes against the green candidate Pekka Haavisto in the second round of the election.

Former foreign minister Paavo Vayrynen withdrew his earlier support for Niinisto in June, and said he would also run as an independent candidate.

Vayrynen said he did not accept Niinisto's emphasis of the European Union (EU) as a security policy asset. He said he believed a EU defence system would not be more than a European pillar of NATO.

Vayrynen has earlier run for presidency as a centrist. He is currently a Member of the European Parliament.

Meanwhile, Haavisto was nominated again as a Green Party candidate. He pledged his support for the view that the EU is also a security community. But Haavisto found fault with the way Niinisto had used his influence in domestic politics.

This past week, the populist Finns Party executive gave its support to the candidacy of MP Laura Huhtasaari. She is a conservative nationalist and once rejoiced in the success of Donald Trump in the U.S. presidential election.

She has harshly criticized Niinisto for meddling with domestic politics and commenting on the criminal convictions of Finns Party politicians.

Matti Vanhanen, former prime minister and the candidate of the ruling Center Party, said on Saturday the candidacy of Huhtasaari may bring up themes that do not belong to the presidency and foreign policy.

Vanhanen said populist movements in Europe have been using presidential elections for publicity purposes.

Left League candidate is Member of European Parliament Merja Kyllonen. The Swedish party has nominated Member of European Parliament Nils Torvalds.

The social democratic ticket remains open with three female politicians running in an internal party vote. The Christian Democrats have not yet nominated a candidate.

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LONDON, Aug. 12 (Xinhua) -- The third leg runner Su Bingtian in China's 4x100m team was hit on the head by Britain's second leg Adam Gemili when the former started off his run, the Chinese athlete said on Saturday at the London World Championships.

Su rubbed his head after he handed the baton to anchor runner Zhang Peimeng who raced across the finish line in fourth while Britain clocked 37.47 seconds to win in a European record time.

The Chinese team have decided not to appeal.

"When I started off, the (British) second leg suddenly gave me a hit because he was cheering for his teammate. At that time, I was just speeding up and it surely would affect my speed," said Su. "I was taken back a little then."

Britain eventually edged the United States for the victory and Japan took bronze.

Aside from the incident, Su said everyone on the team delivered their best performance.

"I think everyone has done a good job. Actually, making regular appearances at top level international competitions already proves our strength," said Su.

"The only thing I feel regretful is that we can't have a better result because this was the last time this team competed together at an international competition."

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