‘Any time, any location’ North Korea issues chilling warning of ...

Tensions in the Korean peninsula have been running high for weeks, with signs the North may be preparing a long-range missile launch or a sixth nuclear test.

Washington has refused to rule out a military strike against the dictatorship in response to any attacks.

A spokesman for North Korea’s foreign ministry said Pyongyang was "fully ready to respond to any option taken by the US".

In a statement carried on the state-run KCNA news agency, a spokesman for the regime confirmed it will continue to bolster its "preemptive nuclear attack" capabilities unless Washington scrapped its “hostile” policies.

He added: "The DPRK's measures for bolstering the nuclear force to the maximum will be taken in a consecutive and successive way at any moment and any place decided by its supreme leadership,” apparently referring to a sixth nuclear test and using the North's official name, the Democratic Republic of Korea.

Kim Jong-unGETTYTensions in the Korean peninsula have been running high for weeks

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