North Korea says about 800,000 students and workers have volunteered to join or re-enlist in the country’s armed forces to fight the United States, the country’s state-run newspaper reported on Saturday.
“The growing enthusiasm of young people to join the army is a demonstration of the younger generation’s unwavering will to ruthlessly exterminate the war maniacs who make last minute efforts to eliminate our precious socialist country and achieve the great cause of national reunification without failure. and a clear manifestation of their ardent patriotism,” said the newspaper “Rodong Sinmun”.
The statement comes after the country launched, on Thursday (16), its intercontinental ballistic missile Hwasong-17, in response to the ongoing US-South Korea military exercises.
North Korea fired the blast into the sea between the Korean peninsula and Japan, hours before South Korean President Yoon Suk-yeol flew to Tokyo for a summit that discussed ways to fight the country with nuclear weapons.
North Korean ballistic missiles are banned under United Nations Security Council resolutions and the launch has drawn condemnation from the governments of Seoul, Washington and Tokyo.
South Korean and US forces kicked off 11 days of joint exercises, dubbed “Freedom Shield 23,” on Monday, held on a scale not seen since 2017 to counter growing threats from the North.
Kim Jong-un accused the United States and South Korea of raising tensions with military exercises.
Source: CNN Brasil
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