The country’s state media claimed on Saturday that nearly 800,000 people signed up to join the North Korean military in a single day.
North Korean newspaper Rodong Sinmun says 800,000 students and workers signed up to fight the US 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 sought to be included on the list again, the paper noted.
“The growing enthusiasm of young people to join the army is a demonstration of the unflinching will of the young generation to root out the war maniacs who are making a last ditch effort to destroy our precious socialist country and achieve the noble cause of national reunification without .failed and a clear expression of their fervent patriotism,” wrote the state-run newspaper.
North Korea’s recruitment drive and missile launch came as the US and South Korea began joint military drills last week. The 11-day long Operation Freedom Shield 23 began on March 13 and will continue for 11 days.
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Kim’s regime fired another ballistic missile on Sunday that according to South Korean and Japanese assessments, flew about 500 miles across the country and splashed down in the sea off its east coast.
There were no reports of anyone being injured due to the launch, and Japan says the missile landed outside its exclusive economic zone.
North Korea cited joint military exercises between the US, Japan and South Korea as the reason for its launch, vowing to respond to such operations with “overwhelmingly powerful” force.
Meanwhile, the Pentagon argues that such operations have proved a successful deterrent to North Korea.
“I think what’s important for people to understand is, one, deterrence continues to work,” Brig. Gen. Pat Ryder told reporters last week. “Despite launching missiles into the sea, North Korea is not attacking, nor should they, and that the United States, Japan, South Korea and other allies and partners in the region are working to expand that deterrence and protect our Will continue to work together to keep the countries together.” Safe.”
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North Korea’s increased aggression in the region has mirrored China’s own aggression towards Taiwan.
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