North Korea claims that
about 800,000 of its citizens have volunteered to join or re-enlist in
the nation’s military to fight against the United States, North
Korea’s state newspaper reported.
About 800,000 students and workers, on Friday alone, across the country expressed a desire to enlist or re-enlist in the military to counter the United States, the Rodong Sinmun newspaper reported on Saturday.
The North’s claim came after North Korea on Thursday
launched its Hwasong-17 intercontinental ballistic missile [ICBM] in response to ongoing US-South Korea military drills.
North Korea fired the ICBM into the sea between the Korean
peninsula and Japan on Thursday, hours before South Korea’s
president flew to Tokyo for a summit that discussed ways to
counter the nuclear-armed North.
The North’s ballistic missiles are banned under United
Nations Security Council resolutions and the launch drew
condemnation from governments in Seoul, Washington and Tokyo.
On Monday, south Korean and American forces began 11 days of joint drills, dubbed “Freedom Shield 23,” held on a scale
not seen since 2017 to counter the North’s growing threats.
North Korean leader Kim Jong-un accused the United States and South Korea of increasing
tensions with the military drills.