Michael Mullen: War with North Korea “closer than we have ever been”

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Michael Mullen

Former chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, Michael Mullen, said in an interview on Sunday that the U.S. is closer to nuclear war with North Korea than ever before. Fueling arguments that America’s adversaries are taking advantage of President Donald Trump’s leadership.

Mullen appeared with Martha Raddatz on ABC’s “This Week.” He stated that those who would do the country ill seem to be able to take advantage of the United States leadership’s uncertainty.

“We’re actually closer, in my view, to a nuclear war with North Korea and in that region than we have ever been.”

Mullen is a retired admiral who served as chairman under Presidents George W. Bush and Barack Obama.

In addition to being critical of he current President, Michael Mullen brought issue over Obama’s handling of Iranian protests in 2009.

The following is an article from September 22:

“A frightened dog,” that is just one of several names Kim Jong Un called U.S. President Donald Trump in a statement released yesterday. According to South Korea, the statement was historically significant in that it was the first time the dictator, or and leader of North Korea, has issued a statement in a first person (personal) voice.

Kim’s statement was in response to Trump calling him “Rocket Man” and the President’s United Nations address made earlier this week. In Trump’s UN speech, he pledged to “totally destroy” North Korea if the United States were “forced to defend itself.”

Not taking the words lightly, Kim vowed to take the “highest level of hard-line countermeasure in history.” The leader then launched into the unprecedented statement which repeatedly referred to Trump as a “dotard” – an esoteric word for an elderly person who is weak minded or senile.

While this is certainly not the first time the dictator or the president has used name calling, it is the first time Kim’s words were written using pronouns such as “I” and “you”. The personal approach to the statement could indicate an intensified level of outrage. The statement from Kim said of Trump, “a frightened dog barks louder” and ended with “I will surely and definitely tame the mentally deranged U.S. dotard with fire.”

In turn, Trump has implemented new, broader sanctions against North Korea. The penalties, approved by both Russia and China, now extend to individuals, companies and financial institutions that do business with the country Trump called the “criminal rogue regime.”

Much is not known about the extent of the nuclear powers the North has. While North Korea’s foreign minister, Ri Yong-ho, delivered remarks to reporters outside his hotel in New York, saying it was up to Mr. Kim to decide what to do, he reported that North Korea could conduct the “biggest ever hydrogen bomb test in the Pacific”.

Many believe that the risk of nuclear fallout would prevent North Korea from going forward with such a test, but the same are quick to reveal that they have been surprised by the leader’s actions with recent missile testing.

North Korea’s goal of producing a nuclear-tipped, long-range missile that could strike America may still be out of its reach. But recently, North Korea has launched a pair of developmental ICBMs it said were capable of striking the continental United States. The country has also fired a pair of intermediate-range missiles over Japanese territory.

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