PEACE OUT Could World War 3 actually happen? How North Korea tensions and nuclear weapons could lead to global apocalypse

The US and North Korea have been involved in an escalating war of words with the rogue state accusing Donald Trump of declaring war

NORTH Korea’s nuclear tests and missile launches have seen an escalating crisis in the region go from bad to worse.

As Kim Jong-un continues his sabre-rattling and Donald Trump threatens the state with annihilation, how close are we to a third world war?

Could World War Three actually happen?

Tensions between the US and North Korea are said to be the most serious threat to world peace.

The US ambassador to the UN told an emergency Security Council meeting North Korea is “begging for war” and called for “the strongest possible measures”.

Trump has threatened military action and warned North Korea it faces “total annihilation” if it threatens the US or its allies Japan and South Korea.

But defiant Kim Jong-un threatened America with a “miserable end” as he reportedly moved a ballistic missile to the country’s west coast, ready for another test launch.

He has previously threatened to launch rockets at US Pacific island Guam and moved fighter jets to the coast to intercept US bombers after accusing Trump of declaring war.

The past months have seen a series of alarming events that appear to have brought the two states to the brink of armed conflict:

Who would win the war?

It is impossible to say with any certainty who would win a conflict, particularly if other world superpowers were dragged into the battle.

Donald Trump has said his first order as president was to renovate and modernise America’s nuclear arsenal, which he claims is “now far stronger and more powerful than ever before”.

North Korea has been relentless in its nuclear tests and it is now believed the rogue state has missiles capable of hitting US territories.

In terms of submarines, the US Navy has 14 ballistic missile submarines with a combined 280 nuclear missiles.

They also possess four guided missile submarines with 154 Tomahawk cruise missiles each and 54 nuclear attack submarines.

A recent report from the Rand Corporation – a think tank based in the US – suggested the next major war could be fought with hypersonic missiles capable of travelling five times faster than cruise missiles.

Richard Speier, lead author of the report and a political scientist at the Rand Corporation, said: “Hypersonic missile proliferation would increase the chances of strategic war.” read more