Kim Jong-un’s campaign to develop a nuclear missile to strike the East Coast of the US is driving the two powers towards an inevitable conflict, warned Admiral Lord West. The former First Sea Lord chillingly predicted there is a “real” risk the US will be left with no choice but to launch a “massive strike” against North Korea. He said it was “inconceivable” any US President – whether it was Donald Trump or Hillary Clinton – would allow “barking mad” Kim to obtain a nuclear ICBM.

Admiral West told Daily Star Online: “The consequences will be catastrophic and it really worries me. “I don’t believe any American president will allow Kim Jong-un to be in a position to say ‘you give me some more food and stop these sanctions, otherwise I am going to destroy San Francisco’.” The Falklands war veteran previously warned the world is at highest risk of nuclear strike in “decades” as conflicts flare in the Pacific, the Middle East and between Russia and the US. READ MORE