With 30,000 troops stationed in its southern counterpart, experts claim North Korea may miscalculate Trump’s attempts to display his military strength as actions to insinuate conflict.
Zhang Tuosheng, an expert from the China Foundation for International and Strategic Studies, said: “Neither the US nor North Korea would take the initiative to wage a war, but the risk of conflict is higher as a small miscalculation or accident could bring war to the peninsula.”
Ms Zhang added: “The scale of the US and South Korean joint military drills is becoming bigger, and pre-emptive exercises send a clear warning to Kim that the US can destroy North Korea if it wants.”
On Sunday, a US Navy strike group was staged towards the western pacific to also deter North Korean aggression – which could add to the misreading.
But it is North Korea’s “enhanced military strike ability and provocative words” that has made the US President “uneasy”, Ms Zhang claimed.
As a result, Trump is facing “immense pressure” to strike the hermit kingdom before they put Americans “at risk”.
General Jack Keane, Trump’s first choice for US Defence Secretary, made the same predictions last week.
He said Trump will not accept a nuclear launch from Kim Jong-un in any circumstance.
Fuelling world war fears, Beijing-based military analyst Li Jie said: “The [presence of] the US strike group [near the Korean peninsula] will surely raise the possibility of miscalculation, which is already very high.