Never in history have North Korea and the U.S. been closer to a nuclear war, a retired U.S. Navy admiral said on Sunday morning.
North Korea conducted its most powerful nuclear test to date in September and launched three intercontinental ballistic missiles into the sea in July and November, indicating that it is closer than ever to gaining a nuclear arsenal that could viably target the mainland United States.
Bizarrely, news of the documents comes after Russian Federation said it is ready to act as a mediator between North Korea and the United States if both parties are willing.More news: Plane returns to LA because passenger was on wrong flight
The report, titled "No Force Can Prevail over Independence and Justice", provided a timeline of the country's alleged 2017 nuclear weapon achievements, mostly focused on possible USA engagement.
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.
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. It described North Korea as an "undeniable new strategic state and nuclear power". That has angered North Korea, whose foreign minister said in September the North had "every right" to take countermeasures, including shooting down the USA warplanes, though many experts doubt it has the actual intent or ability to do so.
Moscow has long called for the two sides to hold negotiations aimed at reducing tensions over the nuclear and missile programme North Korea is pursuing.