Over 800,000 young people volunteer to join army – North Korean media – RT World News
Youth League members and students are “irritated by the US imperialists’ provocation”, the Korean Central News Agency said.
Hundreds of thousands of young people in the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea have expressed their desire to enlist in the armed forces, the Korean Central News Agency (KCNA) reported on Saturday. The outlet said this was due to the aggressive posture of the United States towards North Korea, which was “reaching the limit that can no longer be tolerated.”
The KCNA claimed that Friday only “more than 800,000 Youth League leaders and young students across the country have ardently requested enlistment and military service in the People’s Army.“According to the report, this number”continues to rise across the country.”
The state-run outlet named Kim Il-sung University, Kim Chaek University of Technology, Hamhung University of Chemical Technology and Nampo Normal University among the educational institutions where students volunteered to serve in the army.
Young people “zealous“comes at a time when the American”war lunatics” as well as “their puppet traitors,— an apparent reference to South Korea — were embarking on an effort to destroy the North, the agency said. The report accuses the two allies of “aggressively raping“Pyongyang’s sovereignty and security interests”to the greatest extent in history.”
On Thursday, North Korea’s Supreme Leader Kim Jong-un oversaw the launch of a Hwasong-17 intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM), saying the show of force was aimed at “to sow fear in enemies” and to “deter war,quoted by the KCNA.
Pyongyang conducted three more ballistic missile tests earlier this week.
Explaining the need for the increased testing, Kim cited Americans and South Koreans “open hostility towards the DPRK“which manifested itself in the staging of the two nations”reckless” And “large scale» exercises on the Korean peninsula.
Pyongyang has repeatedly said it views these drills by Washington and Seoul as preparation for an attack.
Called “Freedom Shield”, the maneuvers began on Monday and are expected to continue next week. The two allies described the exercise as the largest of its kind in five years and blamed the North for destabilizing actions which they say warrant increased preparation.
The United States and South Korea have already held several other military exercises this year, including some involving B-52H strategic bombers.