NORTH KOREA LATEST: Fears Kim Jong-un preparing to spark new world war TODAY

Today, June 25, marks 67 years since the North invaded the South, starting a bloody three year battle in the peninsula.

South Korea marked the anniversary with a call for the North to halt development of its missiles and nuclear programmes.

But there are fears Pyongyang will use the date to conduct a sixth nuclear test and more ballistic missile launches in defiance of UN Security Council resolutions.

South Korean Prime Minister Lee Nak-yon told war veterans and government officials at a ceremony in Seoul: “The North continues provocative military actions such as launching a ballistic missile.”

He called for Kim “stop developing missile and nuclear programmes and come out on to the path of denuclearisation on the Korean peninsula”. 

John Delury an associate professor at the Yonsei University Graduate School of International Studies in Seoul, told CNN: “With these important dates on the North Korean state calendar, they can dial them up and dial them down as they want to.”

The Korean War started on June 25, 1950, when Communist North Korean troops launched a surprise attack across the 38th parallel into South Korea.

US-led United Nations forces battled Chinese and Soviet-backed North Korea in the war which ended with a truce on July 27, 1953. 

The two Koreas remain in a technical state of war.

The world is on tenterhooks as Kim continues his ongoing feud with the temperamental US president Donald Trump continues to escalate. 

Last week US student Otto Warmbier died just days after being released from a North Korean prison, having spent 17 months in a North Korean jail. 

The 22-year-old arrived home in a coma having been sentenced to 15 years hard labour for trying to steal a propaganda poster.

Mr Trump condemned the “brutality of the North Korean regime” while Pyongyang claimed the student went into a coma after contacting botulism and taking a sleeping pill.  

Mr Warmbier’s death comes after months of prolific missile launches by North Korea, in direct defiance of UN orders and warnings from the US to discontinue its weapons programme.

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