German Chancellor Angela Merkel (front row, fifth from left), the host of the G20 Summit this year, says in a press briefing following the G20 Retreat Session on July 7 that all the leaders expressed a collective concern over North Korea. In the photo above, leaders of the G20 countries and other international organizations pose for a photo before a concert at the Elbphilharmonie concert hall. (Cheong Wa Dae)

German Chancellor Angela Merkel (front row, fifth from left), the host of the G20 Summit this year, says in a press briefing following the G20 Retreat Session on July 7 that all the leaders expressed a collective concern over North Korea. In the photo above, leaders of the G20 countries and other international organizations pose for a photo before a concert at the Elbphilharmonie concert hall. (Cheong Wa Dae)

By Jeon Han and Kim Young Shin 

The host of this year’s G20 Summit, German Chancellor Angela Merkel said that leaders of the G20 countries see North Korea’s nuclear weapons and missiles as a “great danger” to global peace and that they “expressed great concern” over the situation in Pyongyang.

After the closed-door G20 Retreat Session on July 7, Chancellor Merkel held a press conference and said that, “The G20 is normally committed to the economy and to financial markets, more than foreign policy, but in today’s Retreat Session, North Korea was naturally brought up, especially by the South Korean president, but also by others from the region. Those who discussed this issue have expressed great concern that this development is very threatening.”

Chancellor Merkel said, “We hope that the U.N. Security Council finds a proper response to the new violation of the Security Council resolution. There was broad agreement here.”

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