The US, which has been threatened with mainland nuclear strikes, is preparing to pump cash into the Pentagon after the military requested a major boost for spending.
Congress will be asked to approve a budget of £489billion ($686bn) – one of the largest in US history – just days after North Korean dictator Kim Jong-Un declared he could bring a nuclear holocaust to Donald Trump’s “empire of evil”.
Security sources are gathering and experts called out of retirement, it is claimed, as the threat from the Korean peninsular ramps up.
In recent months analysts with Korean-language skills are being sought globally with military intelligence analysts on reserve status being called back into service to focus on North Korea. Cyber warfare experts have suggested US officials are scrambling to recruit the best in hacking and virtual war since they fear major systems will be targeted by Pyongyang.
President Donald Trump on Monday said the US military would be the strongest it has ever been, including “increasing arsenals of virtually every weapon”.
The budget increase would include the procurement of a 37 Standard Block 1B missile for the Navy’s Aegis missile defence ships, to counter the threat posed by North Korea’s nuclear missile program.
Propaganda rags run by the Korean State have threatened strikes on US soil, despite the Trump regime insisting channels of communication are open between the two nations.
In an opinion piece published in Rodong Sinmun this week, North Korea blasted America’s Nuclear Posture Review (NPR), claiming Mr Trump was using the report as an excuse to launch a deadly attack on North Korea.
The state run newspaper said: “The NPR is nothing but an open declaration of war by the rogue state which means to dare make a preemptive nuclear strike on the DPRK in order to bring the Korean peninsula and the world into a nuclear holocaust.
“The NPR invented by the Trump group is a product of the black-hearted intention to realise the ambition for aggression by starting a nuclear war on the Korean Peninsula at any cost.”
The piece said Mr Trump’s threats would only result in American pain and suffering – and warned of a “decisive military strike” on the US mainland.
US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson said Monday it will be “up to North Korea” to decide when it is ready to engage in meaningful diplomatic talks with the US.
Meanwhile, South Korea said it is not holding its breath over the potential for successful talks with the North.