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France: North Korea could nuke U.S., Europe within months

Staff Writer | September 1, 2017
France's foreign minister warned that North Korea could have the capacity to deliver a nuclear strike on the United States and even Europe "within months".
Jean-Yves Le Drian
Defense   "In a few months, that will be a reality"
Jean-Yves Le Drian called the situation following a string of missile tests by Pyongyang "extremely serious" and urged the reclusive state to turn to dialogue to ease spiralling tensions.

"We see a North Korea whose objective is to have missiles capable of transporting a nuclear weapon tomorrow," Le Drian told RTL radio.

"In a few months, that will be a reality. At that moment, when it has the capability to hit the US, even Europe and at the very least Japan and China, with a nuclear weapon, the situation will be explosive."

Early on Tuesday, North Korea fired an intermediate-range Hwasong-12 over Japan, prompting US President Donald Trump to say that "all options" were on the table in an implied threat of pre-emptive military action.