North Korea is engaged in a war of words with the US as Kim Jong-un threaten to conduct a sixth nuclear weapons test.
Donald Trump has warned that military action remains possible after moving an anti-missile system, submarines and aircraft carriers into the region.
With no clear solution to the conflict in sight and fears that nuclear war could be imminent, here are the latest updates on the situation.
Sunday May 7
3pm BST: North Korea has detained another American citizen on suspicion of acts against the state, which if confirmed would make him the fourth U.S. citizen to be held by the isolated country amid diplomatic tensions.
Kim Hak Song, who was detained on Saturday, worked for the Pyongyang University of Science and Technology, theNorth’s KCNA news agency said.
“A relevant institution of the DPRK detained American citizen Kim Hak Song on May 6 under a law of the DPRK on suspension of his hostile acts against it,” KCNA said. DPRK is short for the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea, NorthKorea’s official name.
1am BST: Kim Jong-un has continued his sabre-rattling with an astonishing outburst against USA.
In an editorial published by state-run media agency KNCA, North Korea attacked President Donald Trump’s decision to send naval forces to the Japan Sea.
It said: “This is a stern warning to the US imperialists and their stooges running amuck for aggression and war moves.
“The world will clearly witness how the crime-woven history of the US imperialists will be over, how the despicable remaining days of the south Korean puppet forces will come to an end and how national reunification, the cherished desire of the Korean nation, will be achieved.”
Saturday May 6
9pm BST: North Korean troops are being motivated to fight against the US by being made to watch a bizarre Godzilla-like film – which was produced by Kim Jong-un’s father.
The 1985 film Pulgasari is considered to be a ‘must-see’ movie for all North Korean troops as it depicts a group of peasants banding together and defeating a much larger and more powerful enemy.
The film, designed as a piece of propaganda, has now been dusted down and is being shown after tensions have been rising in the area, especially with the US as well as Japan with either side ratcheting up the threats.
Kim Jong-un recently threatened to hit his neighbour South Korea in a military strike whilst visiting a military base and is believed to be building secret islands where he can launch nuclear missiles from.
Similarly US President Donald Trump has also been sabre-rattling and has sent an ‘armada’, including an aircraft carrier, to the area and is currently station off the coast of North Korea.
Then North Korean dictator Kim Jong-il, father of the country’s ruler, was a huge fan of the director Sang-ok Shin from South Korea, and since North and South have technically been at war since 1951 and have no diplomatic relations, Kim had him kidnapped.
Mr Shin eventually escaped back to South Korea, but not before he had been forced to make this movie for the erratic North Korean leader.
In a 2003 interview with The Guardian, Mr Shin said: “I hated communism, but I had to pretend to be devoted to it, to escape from this barren republic. It was lunacy.”