North Korea is "primed and ready" for its biggest ever missile test today as tensions continue to escalate in the region.
US President Donald Trump is believed to be considering his country's response to the imminent weapon test.
North Korea showcased its massive missile arsenal yesterday during a military parade, revealing an intercontinental ballistic missile that could hit the US mainland.
Sources claim that while a US pre-emptive strike is not planned, the US President will retaliate if a missile test goes ahead as expected.
China's Foreign Minister warned that war could break out between America and North Korea "at any moment".
North Korea are planning a nuclear test at a moment's notice
Katie Stallard said a missile test will put the ball in Donald Trump's court
North Korea showcased their missiles in a military parade yesterday
Asian correspondent Katie Stallard said the test, which will be the country's biggest ever, is a matter of when, not if.
She added that satellite images suggest a nuclear test is expected to go ahead at any moment.
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Analysts from monitoring group 38 North confirmed that repeated activity has been seen at the country's nuclear missile test sites in recent days.
North Korean active nuclear missile test site
Nuclear test site in North Korea ready and primed
The North Korean test site is primed and ready to go
Experts have observed a wide range of activity at Punggye-ri, on Mount Mantap, a mile-high peak where North Korea conducts its nuclear tests.
The launch, which will mark the birth anniversary of its founder Kim il-Sung, will be North Korea's sixth explosive test in a decade and it's most powerful yet.
This comes after North Korean officials said the rogue state had no intention of backing down to Donald Trump.
Kim Jong-un showed off North Korea's first ever submarine-launched ballistic missile during a massive military parade yesterday.
An intercontinental missile allegedly capable of reaching the US mainland was also on display.
The country's vice foreign minister said: "We are taking into account the most dangerous and aggressive option.
"We will go to war if we need to."
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North Korea has begun preparing festivities for the 'Day of the Sun,' a holiday celebrating communist leader Kim Il-Sung
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Military officers visit the birthplace of North Korean founder Kim Il Sung, a day before the 105th anniversary of his birth, in Mangyongdae, just outside Pyongyang
Donald Trump has sent his Vice-President, Mike Pence, to South Korea amid the escalating tensions.
He has previously said the North Korean aggression is a "problem that will be taken care of".
The US President has repeatedly tweeted that if China will not use its leverage to rein in North Korea, his country will act.
The United States ordered an aircraft carrier toward the Korean Peninsula in a show of force intended to discourage the North from testing a nuclear weapon.