Mike Mullen, former Joint Chiefs of Staff Chairman and retired Navy admiral, gave a dire prediction Sunday regarding the tensions between the United States and North Korea. He suggested that both countries are closer than ever before to nuclear war. Diplomacy, in his eyes, is failing to offer a solution.
“We’re actually closer, in my view, to a nuclear war with North Korea and in that region than we’ve ever been,” said Mullen on ABC News’ “This Week.” “I don’t see the opportunities to solve this diplomatically at this particular point.”
According to Fox News, relations between the United States and North Korea has only worsened in recent months as North Korea continues to test nuclear weapons and ballistic missiles against U.N. sanctions.
President Trump and other world leaders have repeatedly attempted to rein in Kim Jong Un, but with little effect. Jong Un’s posturing has only intensified as he barrels ahead with his aim of possessing a nuclear warhead that he could launch at any one of his neighboring countries. His latest missile test went so high into space that experts believe he could now land a missile anywhere on the United States mainland, including as far east as Washington D.C.
The United States has sought help from its Asian allies such as Japan and South Korea to help stabilize the rogue nation and has sought out China to be a major player in convincing North Korea to stand down. But North Korea continues to brush off any diplomatic solution to the problem.
The United Nations recently imposed more economic sanctions against North Korea, but other nations have tried to slip under the radar to deliver crude oil to it. On Friday South Korea seized an oil tanker bound for its northern neighbor that was transferring 600 tons in violation of U.N. sanctions. The tanker was from China, according to The New York Times.
President Trump, while presenting to North Korea a tough guy mentality, has, in some eyes, only added to the tension. In September in his first speech before the U.N. he said that he vowed to “totally destroy” North Korea if it continues to threaten the United States and its allies by its actions.
Not long after, Trump said that Secretary of State Rex Tillerson was wasting his time with diplomacy with Kim Jung Un, referring to the Dear Leader as “Little Rocket Man.” Jong Un in turn called Trump a “mentally deranged U.S. dotard.”
Mullen added that Trump has created an “incredibly dangerous (international) climate” with North Korea positioned at the “top of the list.”
Please pray that a peaceful solution can be found to this tense political climate. Please also pray for our troops in the region. In recent news, Prince Phillip is under heat for calling a man in a crowd a “terrorist.”