3.5mn N.Koreans sign up to fight against US

Elias Hubbard
August 12, 2017

Guam hosts several USA military bases.

Almost 3.5 milion workers, party members and soldiers have volunteered to join or rejoin the army to fight against the U.S, North Korea said on Saturday.

The country's official newspaper, Rodong Simmun, reported that the huge intake of new military members came after the Korea Central News Agency (KCNA) issued a statement regarding the new United Nations sanctions that were brought in on Monday (7 August).

North Korea said Saturday that almost 3.5 million youths and retired soldiers have filed a request to enlist or reenlist in the military to retaliate against the United States over the latest economic sanctions adopted by the UN Security Council.

"All the people are rising up across the country to retaliate against the United States thousands of times", Yonhap news agency quoted the Workers' Party newspaper as saying.

Wen knew from his experience as a reporter in China for the past five years that Dandong (population 866,000), through which about three-quarters of China's trade with North Korea flows, was an ideal place to assess the effect of the sanctions on North Korea's seafood industry.

"The Chinese border towns offer the closest view you can get of North Korea if you can't get into the country itself", Wen says.

Tensions erupted between Pyongyang and Washington this week after U.S. President Donald Trump threatened North Korea with "fire and fury like the world has never seen" in response to the country's successful testing of several intercontinental missiles.

The tensions around North Korea have been high for some time due to Pyongyang's missile and nuclear program.

Other reports by Click Lancashire

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