NORTH Korea has threatened to launch a pre-emptive strike against the United States tomorrow as the hermit nation marks the 64th anniversary of the armistice that ended the Korean War.
The anniversary has led to increased concerns the regime is planning another test to fire another intercontinental ballistic missile, believed to be capable of reaching the US mainland.
With tensions escalating, it is feared North Korea could turn on neighboring South Korea, following warnings from Kim Jong-un's regime that it is ready to strike “without warning or prior notice”.
North Korea is notorious for marking key events in its history with missile launches or similar acts of aggression.
The most recent warning was issued by one of Kim Jong-un’s key generals, who called on the North Korean military to “wage dynamic struggle to bring final victory” on July 27.
Pak Yong-sik, the minister of North Korea's armed forces, carried on the threats and called for a nuclear strike on the United States – even if Washington does not attack first.
The alert comes after officers from North Korea’s armed forces all participated in an oath ceremony yesterday, pledging to fight the US.
Last week CIA director Mike Pompeo said the Trump administration needed to find a way to separate Kim Jong-un from his growing nuclear stockpile.
Mr Pompeo said: "As for the regime, I am hopeful we will find a way to separate that regime from this system.
“The North Korean people I'm sure are lovely people and would love to see him go."
North Korean state media Korean Central News Agency hit back, with a spokesman from the North Korean Foreign Ministry, saying: "The DPRK legally stipulates that if the supreme dignity of the DPRK is threatened, it must preemptively annihilate those countries and entities that are directly or indirectly involved in it, by mobilizing all kinds of strike means including the nuclear ones.
"Should the US dare to show even the slightest sign of attempt to remove our supreme leadership, we will strike a merciless blow at the heart of the US with our powerful nuclear hammer, honed and hardened over time.”