North Korea says 800,000 people joined the army in a single day to fight the United States
Nearly 800,000 people signed up to join North Korea’s military in a single day, the country’s state media said on Saturday.
North Korea’s Rodong Sinmun newspaper says 800,000 students and workers signed up to fight the United States on Friday, just a day after North Korea fired a ballistic missile into the sea between South Korea and Japan. . The total number included many North Koreans who were seeking re-enlistment, the newspaper noted.
“The growing enthusiasm of young people to join the army is a demonstration of the unwavering will of the young generation to ruthlessly eliminate the war maniacs who are making last-ditch efforts to eliminate our precious socialist country, and realize the great cause of national reunification without failure and a clear manifestation of their ardent patriotism,” the official newspaper wrote.
North Korea’s recruitment campaign and missile launch came as the United States and South Korea began joint military exercises last week. The 11-day Operation Freedom Shield 23 began March 13 and will last 11 days.
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The Kim regime fired another ballistic missile on Sunday, which traveled about 500 miles across the country and landed at sea off its east coast, according to South Korean and Japanese assessments.
No injuries were reported during the launch, and Japan says the missile landed outside its exclusive economic zone.
North Korea cited joint military exercises between the United States, Japan and South Korea as the reason for its launches, vowing to respond to such operations with “overwhelming and powerful” force.
Meanwhile, the Pentagon says such operations have proven to be an effective deterrent for North Korea.
“I think what’s important for people to understand is that deterrence continues to work,” the brigadier said. General Pat Ryder told reporters last week. “Despite launching missiles into the ocean, North Korea is not attacking, nor should it be, and that the United States, Japan, South Korea and other allies and partners in the region will continue to work together to extend this deterrence and to keep our countries safe.”
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North Korea’s increased aggression in the region mirrored China’s own aggression towards Taiwan.