The United States and North Korea are closer than ever to a nuclear war over Pyongyang’s missile and nuclear weapons program, warns a former chief of the US military.
Retired Admiral Mike Mullen, the former Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, told ABC News on Sunday that resolving the standoff between Washington and Pyongyang through diplomacy was not going to be an easy job.
“We’re actually closer in my view to a nuclear war with North Korea and in that region than we’ve ever been,” he said.
“I don’t see the opportunities how to solve this diplomatically at this particular point,” he added.
At the peak of the conflict earlier this year, US President Donald Trump stated that he would use “fire and fury” to “totally destroy North Korea,” referring to the country’s leader Kim Jong-un as a “madman” and “little rocket man.”
Threatening to destroy the US Pacific territory of Guam, the Korean leader hit back by calling Trump a “dotard.”
After its failure to stop the North’s frequent test-launches of ballistic missiles, Washington stepped up military drills off the Korean Peninsula. American military forces even simulated capturing North Korea’s nuclear weapons in one of the war games, which involved troops from Japan and South Korea as well.