By Sean Adl-Tabatabai
China have issued their starkest warning to-date, claiming that World War 3 is ‘inevitable’ as the United States looks set to intervene in North Korea.
As the North Korean regime continue to ignore sanctions from the UN over its nuclear ambitions, Kim Jong-un has warned the U.S. that it will continue to launch missiles towards American territory.
Express.co.uk reports: American bombers have been placed in Guam ready to strike if the call comes.
North Korea has denounced the US for bringing “huge nuclear strategic assets” to the Korean peninsula, with a US aircraft carrier group headed for the region in preparation for leader Kim Jong-Un’s latest demonstration of his country’s military muscle.
Tensions have been growing ever since Mr Trump launched 59 Tomahawk missiles at a Syrian airbase in response to a deadly gas attack believed to have been carried out on the orders of Syrian leader Bashar al-Assad.
After the US airstrikes in Syria, a spokesman for the North Korean Foreign Ministry’s Institute for Disarmament and Peace said in a statement:”The US introduces into the Korean peninsula, the world’s biggest hot spot, huge nuclear strategic assets, seriously threatening peace and security of the peninsula and pushing the situation there to the brink of a war.
“This has created a dangerous situation in which a thermo-nuclear war may break out any moment.”
Earlier this week, the US leader tweeted that North Korea was “looking for trouble”, and vowed to take on the hermit state alone if necessary as tensions near breaking point.
Pyongyang’s vice foreign minister Han Song Ryol said the situation on the Korean peninsula is now in a “vicious cycle” and also accused President Trump of “making trouble” with “aggressive” tweets.
He said: “Trump is always making provocations with his aggressive words.
“It’s not the DPRK but the US and Trump that makes trouble.”
The surprising and unpredictable nature of Mr Trump’s military strategy has put foreign leaders on red alert.
Russia and Iran, who are supporting Assad in the ongoing Syrian conflict, have both warned of serious reprecussions if the US attacks the regime’s forces again.
One North Korea expert has even warned Russia and China, Pyongyang’s major ally, could unite against the White House because of Mr Trump’s aggressive stance on Syria and North Korea.
Professor Rudiger Frank told German magazine Focus: “The Americans have been able to drive a wedge between the then Soviet Union and the People’s Republic of China since the 1970s.
“But now the US is facing both countries relatively aggressively. Russia and China have a common opponent who unites them.”
In recent years, Kim Jong-un has launched nuclear tests to coincide with ‘the Day of the Sun’, an annual public holiday in North Korea to commemorate the birth of the country’s founder, Kim Il-sung.
Experts believe a North Korean nuclear test could be imminent, with satellite images revealing “unusually high levels of activity” at the Punggye-ri nuclear test site.
China’s Foreign Minister Wang Yi said on Friday the situation on the Korean peninsula was heading down “an irreversible route” unless there was a drastic change of diplomacy.
South Korea, an ally of the US, warned North of a “powerful punitive measure” if Kim Jong-Un went through with anoter nuclear test.
“If North Korea conducts a strategic provocation such as a nuclear test or an intercontinental ballistic missile launch, there is certain to be powerful punitive measure that will be difficult for the North Korean regime to endure,” the South’s Foreign Ministry said in a statement.
US Vice President Mike Pence travels to South Korea on Sunday on a long-planned 10-day trip to Asia.
The US President has since followed up the the Syria intervention by dropping the Mother of all Bombs (MOAB) on an underground ISIS cave network in Afghanistan, reportedly killing at least 36 jihadis.
The domestic nuclear bunker business is booming in America – thanks in part to Mr Trump’s shock US election win.
Bomb-shelter builder Gary Lynch said he was being kept incredibly busy due to a growing fear of a ‘Trump-ocalypse’ – a nuclear war sparked by the new president’s erratic behaviour.