Former leading U.S. general: America now ‘closer to war’ than ever with North Korea

141118-N-UN259-203 PACIFIC OCEAN (Nov. 18, 2014) The Nimitz-Class aircraft carrier USS George Washington (CVN 73), left, is underway in formation with the Japan Maritime Self-Defense Force Kongou-class guided-missile destroyer JS Kirishima (DDG 174) during exercise Keen Sword 15. Keen Sword is a joint-bilateral training exercise involving the U.S. military and the Japan Self-Defense Force to increase combat readiness and interoperability of U.S. forces and the Japan Self-Defense Force. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist Seaman Alonzo M. Archer/Released)

Former vice chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff U.S. Army Gen. Jack Keane said in an interview this week the U.S. and North Korea are “closer to war” than ever.

“We are much closer to war than we have ever been before with North Korea, he said.

“Yes, we are because this administration is determined – unlike the two previous administrations, actually three – this administration is determined not to let North Korea threaten the American people with nuclear weapons,” he added.

“They’re not going to let it happen.”

In a recent New Year’s speech, North Korean leader Kim Jong-un said the country’s nuclear button is “always on my desk,” prompting a response from President Trump: “North Korean Leader Kim Jong Un just stated that the ‘Nuclear Button is on his desk at all times.’ Will someone from his depleted and food starved regime please inform him that I too have a Nuclear Button, but it is a much bigger & more powerful one than his, and my Button works!”

Keane said that Central Intelligence Agency director Mike Pompeo is warning North Korea could be ready to strike the U.S. within months.

“Mike Pompeo reaffirmed once again that we are only months away from North Korea reaching their final technological objective of nuclearizing ICBMs capable of re-entry from outer space,” he said.

“If that’s the case then we have got a showdown coming here pretty soon,” he continued, adding that there will be noticeable signs such as a military buildup in the region and plans introduced to protect civilian populations. [source]

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