The DEFCON Warning System has urged caution over a “significantly raised” possibility of a nuclear strike by North Korea which may feel “backed into a corner” by the escalating situation in East Asia. The group has also warned of “significant progress” in Kim Jong-un’s nuclear weapons programme, which it says are advanced enough to target the mainland United States with an “inaccurate but successful” strike.

This comes as US bombers escorted by stealth fighter jets have flown several missions close to North Korea in recent weeks. American airforce chiefs have said they intend to continue flying sorties in international airspace, despite a warning from the hermit state that they “reserved the right” to shoot them down. Dictator Kim has relentlessly persisted in his nuclear weapons and long-range ballistic missile programmes despite widespread international condemnation and a series of crippling sanctions. READ MORE