US closer to ‘nuclear war with North Korea’ than ever before: Former Joint Chiefs head

ABC News reports: “The United States faces a greater threat of nuclear conflict on the Korean peninsula than at any previous time, said a former head of the Joint Chiefs of Staff under both presidents George W. Bush and Barack Obama.

‘We’re actually closer in my view, to a nuclear war with North Korea and in that region than we have ever been,’ Ret. Navy Adm. Michael Mullen told ABC News ‘This Week’ co-anchor Martha Raddatz in an interview Sunday. ‘I don’t see the opportunities to solve this diplomatically at this particular point.’

Mullen, who chaired the Joint Chiefs from 2007 to 2011, said President Donald Trump has succeeded in getting China to take a more active role in trying to restrain North Korea’s nuclear activities.

‘I think President Trump has made China move more than they have in the past. Whether they continue to do that to help resolve this is the open question,’ he said. ‘A real measure of how this all comes out is whether China is going to commit to a peaceful resolution here. If they don’t, then I worry a great deal that it’s much more likely there will be conflict.’…”

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