North Korean state media reported that at least 3.5 million people joined the military as volunteers, ready to fight in a potential military conflict with the United States.
Among those who joined the ranks of North Korean military are mostly young people and retired soldiers, said the state media, and added that people are ‘rising up’ to ‘retaliate against Washington’.
“All the people are rising up across the country to retaliate against the US thousands of times. In North Hwanghae Province, 89,000 young men pleaded to enlist or reenlist on August 9 alone. In Daedong County of South Pyongan Province, more than 20,000 students, party members and laborers filed enlistment or reenlistment requests,” said the North Korean’s Worker’s Party newspaper. It said that nearly 3.5 million people asked to enlist in the military.
The regime in Pyongyang and U.S. President Donald Trump exchanged a heated rhetoric, while China, as well as Germany, urged restraint.
Tensions escalated after North Korea successfully launched its second ICBM in July. The U.S. and South Korea responded by staging massive military drills, including missile defense tests, which provoked new threats from Pyongyang.
The North Korean regime claimed its new Hwasong-14 missile is capable of reaching the continental U.S. According to some U.S. experts, the new North Korean missiles could hit Alaska, and possibly Denver and Chicago.
After Trump’s threat to unleash “fire and fury like the world has never seen,” Pyongyang said it might launch mid-range ballistic missiles into waters near the U.S. Pacific Island of Guam.