Sen. Chris Coons Thinks North Korea May Be Able to Reach the U.S. With an ICBM ‘Within Two Years’

A U.S. Senator is putting a timeframe on when he believes North Korea will be able to reach U.S. shores with a nuclear weapon. And it’s soon. Real soon.

Appearing on The Lead Friday, Sen. Chris Coons (D-DE) said that he thinks North Korea could have the capability by 2019.

“We may be facing a North Korean nuclear-armed country that has an ICBM capable of hitting the United States within two years,” Coons said. “We don’t have a lot of time.”

Pamela Brown, sitting in for anchor Jake Tapper, pressed Coons on this, and asked if indeed Coons believes North Korea will have figured out the technology to fire a nuclear warhead upon U.S. shores within that timeframe. Coons clarified that it was a “rough guess,” adding that he was basing his estimate on outside reporting.

“In open source reporting, that’s been talked about as the time it likely will take them,” Coons said. “I think this latest missile test took a number of us by surprise in being more successful than expected.”

As a result, Coons implored President Donald Trump to focus on “engaging our allies” to combat the threat.

“I think we’re in a race against time,” Coons said. “And frankly, a race that we may well lose.”

Watch above, via CNN.

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