France’s foreign minister, Jean-Yves le Drian, is warning the United States and Europe that North Korea could strike with nuclear weapons “within months.”
Le Drian, who is in charge of foreign affairs in President Emmanuel Macron’s government, brought attention to the string of missile tests in North Korea.
“We see a North Korea whose objective is to have missiles capable of transporting a nuclear weapon tomorrow,” he said, according to Agence France-Presse.
The foreign minister urged North Korea to open a new dialogue with other states in order to calm down tensions that otherwise would lead to nuclear war.
“In a few months, that will be a reality,” le Drian said. “At that moment, when it has the capability to hit the U.S., even Europe and at the very least Japan and China, with a nuclear weapon, the situation will be explosive.”
Pyongyang should “return to the path of negotiations,” the minister said.
In the last month, tensions between North Korea and the U.S. have risen. This is due to the constant feud fueled by Donald Trump.
In a statement, Macron expressed “concern at the ballistic and nuclear threat coming from North Korea,” saying the international community had to try to get Pyongyang to “resume the path of dialogue without conditions.”