Germany urges restraint as Iran rhetoric spirals

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WASHINGTON (AP) - Germany is calling for restraint amid escalating rhetoric between the leaders of Iran and the United States.

Foreign Ministry Christofer Burger told reporters in Berlin on Monday: "We support dialogue and talks, and we call on all sides to exercise restraint and rhetorical disarmament."

President Donald Trump tweeted late Sunday that hostile threats from Iran could bring dire consequences. Earlier in the day, Iranian President Hassan Rouhani said America "must understand well that peace with Iran is the mother of all peace and war with Iran is the mother of all wars."

Burger said that "threats of military force are never helpful, and I think that particularly in the tense situation in the Middle East this is not a helpful means of discourse."