US closer than ever to ‘nuclear war with North Korea,’ Mullen says

Former Joint Chiefs of Staff Chairman Mike Mullen on Sunday gave a dire predication about U.S.-North Korea relations, suggesting the countries are closer than ever to a nuclear war with no diplomatic solution.

“We’re actually closer, in my opinion, to a nuclear war with North Korea and in that region than we’ve ever seen, ” Mullen, a retired Navy admiral, told ABC News’ “This Week.” “I don’t find the opportunities to solve this diplomatically at this particular point.”

Relations between the countries certainly have gotten worse — even threatening — in recent months, analysts have pointed out, as President Trump and world leaders call for Northern korean Leader Kim Jong Un to end his quest and testing of a nuclear warhead and inter-continental missiles on which to launch the weapon.

The United Nations Security Council lately imposed more economic sanctions on the rascal nation to curtail such testing. And the Trump administration has sought assistance from neighboring China, Japan and South Korea to reach a diplomatic solution.

But Trump has also tackled Kim with the threat of U.S. military action and has taken personal jab, even calling Kim “Little Rocket Man.”

In September, Trump, in his first U.N. speech, vowed to “totally destroy” North Korea if it continues to threaten the U.S. and its friends with its actions.

A few a few weeks later Trump tweeted: “I told Rex Tillerson, our wonderful Secretary of State, that he is wasting his time trying to negotiate with Little Rocket Man…”

Kim has in turn called Trump “old” and a “mentally deranged U.S. dotard.”

Pyongyang called the recent U.N. referendum “act of war.”

Mullen also indicated Sunday that Trump has created an “incredibly dangerous( international) climate” with North Korea at the “top of the list.”

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