NORTH Korea has upped its rhetoric on America today vowing to "mercilessly ravage" the country as Japan plans to help South Korea evacuate 60,000 citizens amid rising tensions.
North Korea is raising the stakes in its war of words with the US and its allies as the country pushes ahead with its plans to lauch a six missile test.
And Japan has said it will help South Korea to evacuate 60,000 residents from the country as the crisis in the region continues.
The United States has warned that a policy of "strategic patience" is over and is now sending Vice President Mike Pence to South Korea on Sunday.
Mr Pence will visit the country for 10 days as emergency management plans get underway amid fears Kim Jong Un is plotting to start a war.
And China which has cancelled flights to Pyongyang says the angry rhetoric needs to be stopped from reaching an "irreversible and unmanageable stage" as a US aircraft carrier group headed to the region.
Japan's National Security Council discussed how to evacuate its nearly 60,000 citizens from South Korea, a government official has confirmed.
Now North Korea has waded into the debate once more claiming the United States is bringing "huge nuclear strategic assets" to the Korean peninsula.
Japan is planning to send military aircraft and ships to assist in the evacuation if the South Korean government agreed according to reports which followed the NSC meeting.
The country is also preparing with an onslaught of North Korean refugees fearing that the country will also flood them with spies and agents.
Tension has risen since the U.S. Navy fired 59 Tomahawk missiles at a Syrian airfield last week in response to a deadly gas attack.
US President Donald Trump's plans for North Korea, which has conducted missile and nuclear tests in defiance of UN and unilateral sanctions, are as yet unclear but he has offered a show of support to the region which hosts tens of thousands of American soliders.