Nuclear War With North Korea Closer Than Ever, Official Says

Retired Adm. Michael G. Mullen former chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff

Retired Adm. Michael G. Mullen former chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff

Mike Mullen, former chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, said Sunday that the administration of President Donald Trump has put the United States in a precarious position with the hermit kingdom. "And in my view, an incredibly unsafe climate exists out there in that uncertainty with how this all ends up.and one in particular that is (at the) top of the list is North Korea".

"We're actually closer in my view to a nuclear with North Korea and in that region than we've ever been and I just don't see how, I don't see the opportunities to solve this diplomatically at this particular point", Mullen said on ABC News' This Week.

Mullen, who headed the Joint Chiefs under both Presidents George W. Bush and Barack Obama, said the rising tension on the Korean peninsula is one example of an "incredibly unsafe climate" created as President Trump tries to disrupt the traditional American approach to foreign policy.

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'Will he follow through on his rhetoric?

"Our enemies, those that would do us ill, seem to be able to take advantage of the uncertainty as well", Mullen told ABC News chief global affairs correspondent Martha Raddatz on the show.

The president vowed to destroy North Korea if the country continued to threaten the US, speaking during his maiden speech at the United Nations earlier this year.

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In August, he vowed to unleash "fire and fury" on North Korea if it continued to threaten the United States or its allies.

Mullen's warning comes as tensions continue to increase between North Korea and the worldwide community.

Pyongyang conducted its sixth nuclear test September 3 and, despite escalating sanctions, on November 28 it test-launched an intercontinental missile capable of striking the United States. This is an end-of-the-year drill held Saturday by South Korea's Joint Chiefs of Staff, army, navy and air force to raise the military's readiness and boost surveillance against North Korean threats. But if we blink, God help us all'.

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