North Korea could be hit by a pre-emptive military strike from the US as it continues to ramp up its missile fears to the globe.
The rogue state has accelerated its nuclear and ballistic missile testing over the past year, sparking World War 3 fears.
Former US Ambassador to the United Nations, John Bolton, said that the US President Donald Trump is “very close” to making a huge decision on the hermit kingdom.
Speaking to Fox Business, Mr Bolton said: “I think the President shouldn’t be waiting around. I think actually we are very close to a binary decision here.
“Either we leave North Korea with this ballistic missile capability and the possibility of putting a nuclear warhead under the nose cone. Or we take military pre-emptive action.
“Neither of those alternatives is very attractive but nobody wants to see this. But the question is, do you want the American people to be held hostage by this bizarre regime in North Korea, for the one in Iran while we are on the subject.”
Mr Bolton also warned about the firepower that North Korea has at its disposal, claiming Kim Jong-un is getting closer to the capability of being able to hit the US with a nuclear missile.
He said: “We have known for some time that North Korea has extensive stockpiles of chemical weapons. We believe they have had a biological weapons programmes as well. These are weapons that threaten, in particular, South Korea in the near term.
The thing to worry about missiles that are capable of hitting targets in the USA is that they will carry nuclear warheads.
“It has always been a problem for chemical and biological weapons not to destroy the chemical or biological agent by the force of blast that occurs when the warhead or artillery shell lands at its target.
“That is why in modern technology people look at drones or crop sprayers or building air conditioning systems to spread biological weapons.
“But continued North Korea emphasis on hitting the United States with ballistic missiles, that is a problem and they are getting closer to that capability.”
North Korea’s most recent missile test at the end of November which the regime say flew 590 miles before landing in the sea new Japan.
After the launch, Kim Jong-un said that the north “finally realised the great historic cause of completing the state nuclear force”.
The US President Donald Trump has promised to “take care” of the North Korea crisis. He said: “This situation should have been taken care of long before I got into office when it was much easier to handle. But it will be taken care of. We have no choice.
“Our campaign of maximum pressure on the North Korean regime has resulted in the toughest ever sanctions. We have united our allies in an unprecedented effort to isolate North Korea, however, there is much more work to do.
“America and its allies will take all necessary steps to achieve a denuclearisation and ensure that this regime cannot threaten the world.”