Foreign Ministry: North Korea can launch a missile attack on the United States in two to three years

NEW YORK, 8 Nov. /TASS/. DPRK to strike U.S. long-range missiles, not earlier than through two-three years. This opinion was expressed in an interview with Bloomberg published Tuesday, Director of the Department for nonproliferation and arms control, the Russian foreign Ministry Mikhail Ulyanov.

As noted in the article, he stated that, “if we fail to find a political solution”, the DPRK authorities “inevitable” within a specified period of time will have at its disposal an Intercontinental ballistic missile. “We need to stop these programs now, but sanctions will only work for four to five years”, – quotes Agency the words Ulyanov in English.

Ulyanov also said that Russia “will never recognize” the DPRK nuclear-weapon state, in connection with which the positions of Moscow and Washington is “close”. As stated in the publication, Ulyanov said that Pyongyang has not responded, either positively or negatively to the offer of Moscow and Beijing about the simultaneous cessation of military exercises the U.S. and South Korea, and North Korean missile launches.

Bloomberg reports that Ulyanov also criticized the administration of U.S. President Donald trump for what she puts at risk a deal with Iran on the nuclear issue. “We don’t want to discuss that, what is the probability of collapse of the deal, because in fact it will be a catastrophe” – quoted Ulyanov Agency. He noted that the missile program of Iran will not pose a threat to the United States in the “foreseeable future.” Ulyanov also said that Russia recognizes Iran’s right to develop this program.

Speaking about the creation of new missiles Tehran, Ulyanov said, “We are pleased that the latest weapons are developing near our borders.” “But we can’t say “don’t” Iran”, – he added.