NORTH KOREA is planning to drag the West into World War Three by launching a murderous invasion of South Korea, it has been claimed.
The devastating attack could leave one million people dead in "the most unforgiving battle conditions" according to former White House adviser Victor Cha.
With the hermit state on the brink of collapse due to huge food shortages, unpredictable leader Kim Jong-un is now preparing his huge army for an huge invasion.
A life-size replica of the South Korean presidential palace has been created to allow Jong-un's army to train for the devastating attack, which would cost $1 billion to fight and cause $1 trillion worth of damage.
In his book, The Impossible State, Mr Cha reveals that the invasion would begin with predawn air drops and landings along the coast, in which bridges, power stations and communication networks would be destroyed to "paralyse the population."
Then South Korea would be pounded with half a million artillery shells an hour, with 600 chemical weapons destroying airports, preventing the terrified population from escaping.
Other missiles trained on Japan and submarines patrolling the waters would prevent a quick response from the West, allowing 700,000 North Korean troops and 2,000 tanks to cross the border through secret underground invasion tunnels.
With terrified South Korean residents blocking roads and inadvertently stalling their own army, North Korean troops would then march on Seoul.
There, Cha said, they would kill hundreds of thousands with 5,000 metric tons of nerve gas, mustard gas and weaponised diseases.
Mr Cha told the Daily Star Online: "As wars go, this would be the most unforgiving battle conditions that could be imagined.
"Short of dropping tactical nuclear weapons on the battlefield it would be impossible to neutralise all of this without the North first inflicting major damage on Seoul."
He claimed it would take days for South Korea and its Western allies to neutralise the North Korean army, by which point it would be too late to save one million lives.
Mr Cha said: "The obsolescence of DPRK equipment and training does not mean they are rendered harmless.
"No matter how old the gun or artillery system is, it can still fire on Seoul and do damage — [but] it does mean they will ultimately be defeated by US-ROK combined forces."
Due to North Korea's excellent defences, launching a counter-invasion would only lead to more deaths.
There is only one paved road leading from the capital of Pyongyang to the border, which would render any invading Western forces vulnerable.
As well as that, North Korea boast one of the most fearsome armies in the world, with its special forces capable of marching 31 miles a day with an 88lb pack.
They are trained in "all aspects of infiltration and covert operations — even the use of kitchen utensils as weapons."
North Korean military centres and depots are stocked with six months of food and fuel, while a bunker with fresh water, air and a secret escape tunnel with enough room for 100,000 people is believed to exist beneath Pyongyang.
Mr Cha said: "After the experience of American bombing and napalm during the Korean War, the North sought refuge by burrowing deeper underground than anyone else in the world, making the country like a block of Swiss cheese, with caverns and tunnels everywhere."