North Korea has said it is ready for a “total war” threatening the “final doom of the US” as Donald Trump continues to stage military drills with South Korea. North Korean leader Kim Jong-un has vowed to accelerate its nuclear weapons programme to “maximum pace” and test a nuclear device “at any time”, as tensions rise around the Korean peninsula.

The North’s official KCNA news agency said on Tuesday: “The reckless military provocation is pushing the situation on the Korean peninsula closer to the brink of nuclear war. “Any military provocation against the DPRK will precisely mean a total war which will lead to the final doom of the US.” It comes as the US military announced its controversial Thaad missile defence system is now operational in South Korea. READ MORE