3.5m North Koreans request to enlist in Army

Pauline Gross
August 13, 2017

North Korea already has one of the largest militaries in the world with just over 1.1 million people in the active army as well as millions more in the reserves and paramilitary.

A commentary in Rodong Sinmun, the official newspaper of the Central Committee of the Workers' Party of Korea, said "reckless and hysteric behaviours" could "reduce the United States mainland to ashes" at any moment.

North Korea's military said Wednesday it was considering a missile attack near the USA island territory of Guam after President Donald Trump threatened Pyongyang with "fire and fury".

Guam is a target because of its naval base and air force base, from which two B-1B supersonic bombers were deployed close to the Korean peninsula on Tuesday.

Trump made the declaration via Twitter on Friday.

President Trump has also insisted that "nobody loves a peaceful solution better than President Trump".

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On Wednesday, about 100,000 citizens gathered in Pyongyang to support the government's pledge of retaliation against the USA, with smaller rallies held in provincial cities later, according to the North's official Korean Central News Agency (KCNA).

Following the war of words between US President, Donald Trump and North Korea leader, Kim Jong Un, Pyongyang on Saturday announced that almost 3.5 million workers, party members and soldiers have volunteered to join or rejoin its army to fight against America.

Tensions over North Korea escalated in July, when Pyongyang twice successfully tested an intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM) capable of targeting the U.S. mainland.

Donald Trump has threatened North Korea with "fire and fury" as well as tweeting that the United States was "locked and loaded".

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 U.S. Pacific bases, notably in Guam and Hawaii.

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