AMERICA’S nuclear warning system DEFCON has been upgraded as tensions between the US and North Korea reach a critical boiling point.

Last week US President  threatened the hermit state with “fire and fury” should it continue to test missiles and issue threats to the West.

Now, the Defcon warning system, which has monitored and assessed nuclear threats against the US for more than 33 years, has been upped from its lowest level to level four.A report said while there does not appear to be an “imminent nuclear threat”, there are events which are beginning to require close attention.

The statement said: “Tensions between  and the United States are reaching almost a fever pitch, with new threats coming out every day.

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 “Most of the rhetoric is bluster, however, and diplomatic communications continue to be open, though through backdoor channels.
“There have been no military movements of concern at this time, and there does not appear to be any sign of an impending attack by either side.“Nevertheless, the threat level remains high and is concerning.

“Each side is taking very seriously the threats made by the other, and both the United States and North Korea are currently on the defensive, with North Korea expecting some kind of action.”

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It comes just days after its previous report on August 1 which saw the DEFCON level was ranked at five – its lowest.The Defense readiness Condition (DEFCON) is an alert system used by the United States Armed Forces, and is widely regarded as a reliable gage of global tensions.

The level has fluctuated over recent months, as tensions in the Korean peninsula continue to run high while Washington refuses to rule out a military strike against the dictatorship in response to any attacks.

And it was revealed Mr Trump has a “dramatic solution” if diplomacy fails, according to his former White House director of communications Anthony Scaramucci.

Despite the United States’ insistence that North Korea halt its missile tests, U.S. spy agencies detected the rogue communist regime loading two anti-ship cruise missiles on a patrol boat on the country’s east coast just days ago.

It’s the first time these missiles have been deployed on this type of platform since 2014, U.S. officials with knowledge of the latest intelligence in the region told Fox News on Monday.

It also points to more evidence that North Korea isn’t listening to the diplomatic threats from the West.

“The best signal that North Korea could give us that they’re prepared to talk would be to stop these missile launches,” Secretary of State Rex Tillerson said in the Philippines Monday.

North Korea loaded two Stormpetrel anti-ship cruise missiles on a Wonsan guided-missile patrol boat at Toejo Dong on North Korea’s east coast.

“North Korea is not showing any evidence it plans to halt its missile tests,” said one official who requested anonymity to discuss sensitive information. “It’s a trend that does not bode well for hopes of de-escalating tensions on the [Korean] peninsula.”

The latest moves by Pyongyang point to a likely missile test in the days ahead or it could be a defense measure should the U.S. Navy dispatch more warships to the Korean peninsula, officials said.

President Trump on Monday afternoon voiced his displeasure about the coverage of the unanimous U.N. Security Council vote over the weekend to sanction Pyongyang. “The Fake News Media will not talk about the importance of the United  Nations Security Council’s 15-0 vote in favor of sanctions on N. Korea!” Trump tweeted.

Meantime, there currently are limits to the size of the warheads South Korea is allowed to deploy on top of its missiles. But following a talk between leaders of South Korea and the United States, the Pentagon is working on allowing changes to the policy.

“Yes, we are working on it,” said Capt. Jeff Davis, a Pentagon spokesman. “It’s a topic under active consideration here, and I would tell you that we would be favorably inclined to do anything which furthers the defensive capabilities of South Korea.”

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