3.5m N Korean volunteers sign up to fight against US

Dhaka,  Fri,  22 September 2017
Published : 13 Aug 2017, 15:31:17
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3.5m N Korean volunteers sign up to fight against US

3.5m N Korean volunteers sign up to fight against US
North Korea has said that nearly 3.50 million people, including students, young workers and retired soldiers had asked to join the armed forces to fight against the United States.

The country’s state-run newspaper Rodong Sinmun reported on Saturday that a total of 3.47 million volunteers had asked to join the armed forces after the regime announced a retaliation against the US on 7 August for its support of the new UNSC sanctions.

Earlier this week, nuclear-armed North Korea threatened to strike the United States and its Pacific territory of Guam, according to global media reports.

Korea Central News Agency (KCNA) said a mass rally was held in Pyongyang to support the government. North Korea has previously mobilised large crowds to show its resolve when tensions escalate.

In August 2015, 1 million North Koreans offered to enlist or re-enlist in the army when a mine exploded in the demilitarised zone between the two Koreas, raising additional tensions.

North Korea warned foreign diplomats to leave Pyongyang in 2013 when it suspended work at a joint inter-Korean industrial park and threatened missile strikes on US Pacific bases, notably in Guam and Hawaii.
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