NORTH Korea has announced plans for a huge new nuclear test.

The hermit kingdom said warnings of a possible test over the Pacific Ocean should be taken “literally”.

“The foreign minister is very well aware of the intentions of our supreme leader, so I think you should take his words literally,” Ri Yong Pil, a senior diplomat in North Korea’s Foreign Ministry said.

Donald Trump and Kim Jong-un have been engaged in a bitter war of words and the US has recently stepped up military drills on the Korean Peninsula.

It follows a series of missile tests in the hermit kingdom that threaten to unleash a third world war.

But Kim refuses to back fown and has lashed out at his enemies.

Earlier today, a fleet of warships from the US, Japan and South Korea practiced shooting down missiles just off the secretive nation’s border.

And just hours later a third US aircraft carrier arrived near North Korea in a shocking move.

Earlier today, a fleet of warships from the US, Japan and South Korea practiced shooting down missiles just off the secretive nation’s border.

US forces have been moving into the region for arranged drills with their allies South Korea – much to the fury of the tubby tyrant.

North Korean Minister of Foreign Affairs Ri Yong Ho said last month that Pyongyang may consider conducting “the most powerful detonation” of a hydrogen bomb over the Pacific Ocean amid rising tensions with the United States.

The minister made the comment after Trump warned that the United States would “totally destroy” North Korea, which has been working to develop nuclear-tipped missiles capable of hitting America, if it threatened the United States.

CIA chief Mike Pompeo said last week that North Korea could be only months away from gaining the ability to hit the United States with nuclear weapons.

Experts say an atmospheric test would be a way of demonstrating that capability. All of North Korea’s previous nuclear tests have been conducted underground.

Trump next week will make a visit to Asia during which he will highlight his campaign to pressure North Korea to give up its nuclear and missile programs.

The strategy has so far failed to stop Pyongyang conducting nuclear bomb tests at an underground facility and test-firing ballistic missiles into the Pacific Ocean over Japan.

In spite of the bellicose rhetoric and repeated U.S. warnings that all options, including military ones, are on the table, White House officials say Trump is looking for a peaceful resolution of the standoff.

North Korea has conducted six nuclear tests, with half taking place since 2016.