International: North Korea warns the West of imminent nuclear strike “anytime, anywhere”

Tensions in the Korean peninsula have been running high for weeks, with signs the North may be preparing a long-range missile launch or a sixth nuclear test.

Washington has refused to rule out a military strike against the dictatorship in response to any attacks, while a North Korean spokesman has said that they are, “fully ready to respond to any option taken by the US.”

The Pyongyang foreign ministry spokesman said, “measures for bolstering the nuclear force to the maximum will be taken in a consecutive and successive way at any moment and any place decided by its supreme leadership,” apparently referring to a sixth nuclear. 

North Korea has carried out five nuclear tests in the last 11 years and is widely believed to be making progress toward building a missile capable of delivering a warhead to the continental US. 

Pyongyang's latest attempted show of force was a failed missile test on Saturday, which came just hours after US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson pressed the UN Security Council to do more to push the regime into abandoning its weapons program warning of catastrophic consequences. 

In response to this, President Trump said that if North Korea carries out another nuclear test "I would not be happy".

Asked if "not happy" meant "military action", Trump answered: "I don't know. I mean, we'll see."