Kim Jong-un’s regime has conducted a massive live-fire drill as tensions grow with the US.
Donald Trump has deployed an “armada” of submarines and a missile defence system in South Korea in response to the growing threat of Kim’s nuclear programme.
North Korea has warned that is is “ready to react to any mode of war desired by the US”, and is said to be “primed and ready” to launch a nuclear weapons test.
As fears grow that World War Three could be imminent, here is the latest news and live updates on North Korea.
Friday April 28
2.30am BST: Donald Trump has claimed warned a “major conflict” could break out with North Korea, after the US President admitted solving the issue diplomatically could prove “very difficult”.
The former business tycoon said: “There is a chance that we could end up having a major, major conflict with North Korea. Absolutely.”
“We’d love to solve things diplomatically but it’s very difficult.”
President Trump also saluted Kim Jong-un for taking over the North Korean regime at just 27-years-old in a shocking reversal of his repeated criticism of the tyrannical dictator.
Trump said: “He’s 27 years old. His father dies, took over a regime. So say what you want but that is not easy, especially at that age.
“I’m not giving him credit or not giving him credit, I’m just saying that’s a very hard thing to do. As to whether or not he’s rational, I have no opinion on it. I hope he’s rational.”
12.30am BST: US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson claims Chinese officials have warned Kim Jong-un to halt nuclear tests.
Mr Tillerson said: ”We were told by the Chinese that they informed the regime that if they did conduct further nuclear tests, China would be taking sanctions actions on their own.”
Thursday April 27
9pm BST: Now even Russian President Vladimir Putin is wading in to the situation.
Following talks with Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe in Moscow, Mr Putin said the pair believe the situation on the Korean peninsula has “seriously deteriorated”.
He said: “We call on all states involved in the region’s affairs to refrain from military rhetoric and seek peaceful, constructive dialogue.”
The Russian leader said they spent a large chunk of their three-hour discussion talking about North Korea.
He added six-party talks on North Korea involving Russia, Japan, China, the US and South Korea should be revived, with the possibility of new sanctions to be discussed.
Mr Abe said Japan and Russia will continue to co-operate closely to urge North Korea to abide by UN Security Council resolutions and to abstain from “provocative actions”.
7.40pm BST: A top US military commander has warned North Korea will be capable of developing missiles that can strike America.
Admiral Harry Harris told the House Armed Services Committee: “Just as Thomas Edison is believed to have failed 1,000 times before successfully inventing the light bulb, so, too, Kim Jong-un will keep trying.
“One of these…