Vladimir Putin made a terrifying boast this week, saying that Russia has hypersonic nuclear missiles that are "on alert" and capable of destroying cities in the US.
Speaking at an energy forum in Moscow, the Russian leader also said that his "intercontinental" weapons can travel five times faster than those being developed in America.
He bragged with pride: "This is not just a hypersonic, this is an intercontinental missile.
"This is a much more serious weapon than you just said. And they are already on alert in Russia.
"Weapons with a speed of Mach 3 or more are being developed in the United States. Our systems fly at a speed of over Mach 20."
Yet reassuringly, Putin went on to say that nobody was under direct threat from these super nukes, at least for now, and that other countries are rapidly trying to catch up with the Russian technology.
He continued: "There is nothing unusual here. The high-tech armies of the world will have such systems, they will, and in the near future.
"We do not abuse this, we do not threaten anyone."
Last week, and doing very little to calm fears over World War 3, alarming footage showed Russia testing its latest hypersonic weapon.
In the clip, a lethal Zircon missile is shot from the Severodvinsk nuclear submarine. It travelled at 6,670mph into the sky.
Russian defence officials later said that the missile reached its target in the Barents Sea, having been launched from the White Sea, adding concerningly that it is "unstoppable" and capable of evading all Western defences.
The World War 3 fears come amid a recent global nuclear arms race, with China, the US and North Korea all testing weapons as of late.
Recently, the Pentagon announced that the US had created and tested a missile capable of speeds faster than five times the speed of sound.
Kim Jong-un recently showcased his country's latest development, the Hwasong-8 missile, at a military conference.
During a speech he claimed that North Korea's primary goal was to develop an "invincible military capability", and blamed the US as the "root cause" of disruption on the Korean peninsula.
The rogue nation also released images of the Hwasong-8 last month after it was successfully tested and launched into the Sea of Japan.
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