Japanese officials say North Korean missile launch imminent

Japanese officials are warning a new missile launch from North Korea may happen within days. 

Kyodo news has reported that despite increasing pressure from the West, Japanese diplomats say North Korea may launch another missile "Within the next few days."

The totalitarian state fired a ballistic missile across Japan in September, two weeks after it carried out a nuclear bomb test.

Japan isn't the only global power expressing grave concern over North Korea's Missile programme. 

According to Russian state news agency Tass, Russia's Deputy Foreign Minister Igor Morgulov said 'apocalyptic developments' were possible in North Korea. 

"A scenario of the apocalyptic development of the situation on the Korean Peninsula exists and we cannot turn our blind eye to it." He made the comments during the opening of the eighth annual Asian Conference of the Valdai discussion club in Seoul on Monday.  

The United States are also raising the alarm, with former chairman of the US Joint Chiefs of Staff telling ABC news this week he is worried North Korea is inching closer to a nuclear missile launch.  

"I think it's more probable than it used to be. And it scares me to death, quite frankly."

North Korea was recently named a state sponsor of terrorism by US President Donald Trump, allowing the US to impose stricter sanctions and further increasing international tension.  

A spokesperson for the for the foreign ministry of North Korea said in an interview with state media outlet KCNA,  the move was a "serious provocation and violent infringement."

"The US will be held entirely accountable for all the consequences to be entailed by its impudent provocation."