North Korea wants to conduct its sixth nuclear test to show its defiance of UN sanctions and send warnings to the United States who has plans to carry out a pre-emptive strike on the country. Donald Trump has already made his intentions known to the world at large by way of the missile attack in Syria followed by the dropping of the non-nuclear bomb MOAB over Afghanistan. Observers view these developments as preparations for another war that could involve all the major powers and potentially set the stage for WW3.

The situation in North Korea

According to Express UK, Kim Jong-un, the leader of North Korea has usually timed his nuclear tests to coincide with "The Day of the Sun" which is an annual public holiday in memory of the birth of its founder, Kim Il-sung.

Therefore there are possibilities that he could use that day this time to go ahead with the sixth test.

This apprehension might be justified in view of the fact that satellite images have revealed activities at the nuclear test site from which it can be inferred that a nuclear test could be imminent. China's Foreign Minister Wang Yi has indicated that, to mend the situation on the Korean peninsula, a drastic change in diplomacy was the need of the hour.

Anticipating such moves, the United States have positioned its bombers in Guam and they will strike if and when they are called upon to do so. In addition, a US aircraft carrier group is also in the vicinity to take care of things if needed.

What are Trump’s plans?

Pyongyang's vice foreign minister Han Song Ryol has laid the blame squarely rests on the shoulders of Donald Trump who is using his aggressive and provocative Tweets to foment trouble. North Korea has gone to the extent of saying that a thermo-nuclear war could break out at any moment.

Trump’s military strategy has baffled the world leaders and taken them by surprise.

Russia and Iran are supporters of Bashar al-Assad in the ongoing Syrian conflict and they have expressed their displeasure over the US missile strike and warned of serious repercussions.

With threats and counter threats being tossed about, it is difficult to predict how exactly the leaders will resolve the burning issues of the day because no one wants to sit across the table from one another and discuss the issues that need to be addressed.