Tensions are rising between the United States and North Korea.

The communist dictatorship continues to saber rattle about its nuclear program.

But the Trump administration just issued them a warning that made everyone sit up and take notice.

The Trump administration has identified North Korea as one of the top international threats America faces seeing as the country is trying to develop intercontinental ballistic missiles that could deliver nuclear war heads to the United States.

Recently, North Korea has test fired intermediate range missiles as a way to flex their muscles and dare the world to react.

Trump is set to host Chinese President Xi Jinping for a visit, and his administration is warning that the diplomatic efforts to curb North Korea’s nuclear program may be at an end.

Yahoo reports:

“Days before President Trump hosts his Chinese counterpart, Xi Jinping, a top U.S. official warned Tuesday that “the clock has run out” on decades of diplomatic efforts to rein in North Korea’s nuclear and missile programs, and military action may ultimately be necessary.

“The clock has now run out, and all options are on the table for us,” the official told reporters at a briefing held on condition that he not be identified by name.”

China holds great influence over North Korea.

They supply North Korea with food and resources the starving country desperately needs.

Yahoo reports Trump will press Xi to help the United States deal with North Korea:

“Xi’s willingness to work more closely with Washington on North Korea will be “in some ways, a test of the relationship,” the official said. Trump is expected to press his guest to fully enforce international economic sanctions meant to starve the secretive regime in Pyongyang of resources — and especially hurt the lifestyle of its ruling elites.

In the days and weeks before the high-stakes summit between Trump and Xi, the administration has escalated its rhetoric on North Korea. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson recently said the threat that country poses is “imminent.” During a trip to Asia, he said Washington is out of “strategic patience” and that “all options are on the table” — a phrase typically understood to refer to military action. In mid-March, Trump said on Twitter that North Korea was “behaving very badly” and complained that “China has done little to help.”

Economic sanctions haven’t deterred North Korea, which announced in January that it could launch an intercontinental ballistic missile “at any time.” The United States responded that it would shoot down any missile, but the back-and-forth demonstrated how international diplomacy and economic sanctions have not worked to date, leaving Trump very few options for facing down an escalating threat.”

Technically, the Korean War never ended.

North Korea could reignite the conflict at any time.

John Schindler, a former counterintelligence officer, has written about their recent provocations:

“The DPRK has engaged in the full range of aggressive and irresponsible behavior of late: cutting the hotline with Seoul, declaring the Korean War of 1950-53 (which never formally ended) on again, plus threatening to rain nukes on everyone including the United States. Pyongyang’s anti-imperialist rhetoric, which is permanently set at “yo mama,” is now firmly at eleven, as Spinal Tap would say. Today, to up an ante which can’t be upped much more without deaths, Pyongyang suggested that Russia and the few countries that have embassies in the DPRK shut them soon, adding that they cannot guarantee the safety of the British mission past April 10.”

Will the end result be war?

North Korea has prodded and provoked every U.S. administration.

But the conflict in Korea has never turned hot.

Will it continue to be the case, or will war be on the horizon?