Tensions between North Korea and the United States continue to escalate.

There is fear across the globe that nuclear war could break out at any moment.

But word has leaked out that the United States is preparing for the most frightening attack of them all.

South Korea is set to host the 2018 Winter Olympics.

And there is genuine fear Kim Jong Un could use the games as a stage to make a provocative statement or launch a war.

To that end, U.S. Marines and South Korean troops have been training for snowy combat on the Korean Peninsula.

The Sun reports:

“HUNDREDS of U.S. and South Korean marines have teamed up in frosty conditions for winter training in PyeongChang.

The allied forces have taken to the mountainous region which will play host to next year’s Winter Olympics.

The three-week exercise began on December 4 at the Mount Hwangbyeong training camp as part of the Korea Marine Exercise Program, the Yonhap news agency reports.

It involves more than 220 South Korean Marines and some 220 U.S. Marines, normally stationed in Okinawa, Japan.

Both sides have staged combined winter drills since 2013, aiming to sharpen their combat skills in the sub-zero temperatures.

Pictures of the exercise showed shirtless members of both corps flinging snow into the air…

… A spokesman for the III US Marine Expeditionary Force told Yonhap: “This exercise has been held with a focus on enhancing the combined combat capabilities of the South Korean and U.S. Marine Corps in winter war conditions under which temperatures drop down to about minus 20 C.”

The South Korean forces were also in the region to prepare to support security measures for the Winter Olympics which will kick off in February.”

North Korea has already tested America’s patience.

In September, they conducted their sixth – and most powerful – nuclear test when experts believe they detonated a hydrogen bomb.

And just recently, North Korea test-fired a missile that possesses the range to strike anywhere in the United States.

Would Kim Jong Un be mad enough to launch an attack around the Winter Olympics.

National Security experts do not believe so, but the United States is leaving nothing to chance.

Do you believe North Korea will use the Winter Olympics as an excuse to start World War 3?

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