North Korea reports that around 800,000 North Korean citizens have volunteered to enlist or reenlist in their military forces to fight the United States. This was according to a North Korea state newspaper.
According to the Rodong Sinmun newspaper, 800,000 workers and students expressed their desire to enlist in the military or reenlist to combat the United States on Friday.
The paper stated that the rising enthusiasm of young people to enlist in the army was a sign of the youthful generation’s unshakeable determination to wipe out war maniacs and make last-ditch attempts to destroy our precious socialist country and achieve great cause for national reunification without fail, and a clear demonstration of their passionate patriotism.
After the North claimed its claim, the secretive communist state launched their Hwasong-17 intercontinental missile (ICBM) on Thursday in response to ongoing U.S.–South Korea military drills.
Pyongyang launched the ICBM into waters between the Korean peninsula, Japan and the Japanese coast on Thursday. This was just hours before South Korea’s president flew to Tokyo to discuss ways to combat the nuclear-armed North.
The United Nations Security Council resolutions prohibit the North from using ballistic missiles. Governments in Seoul, Washington, and Tokyo condemned the launch.
On Monday, the South Korean and American forces began 11 consecutive days of joint drills. They were dubbed Freedom Shield 23 and held on a scale never seen since 2017 in an effort to counter North Korea’s growing threats.
North Korea’s leader Kim Jong Un alleged that the United States and South Korea are increasing tensions through military drills.