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North Korea claims almost 800,000 have signed up to fight against US


Troops participate in a navy parade to mark the seventy fifth founding anniversary of North Korea’s military, in Pyongyang, North Korea February 8, 2023, on this picture launched by North Korea’s Korean Central Information Company. — AFP
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SEOUL: North Korea claims that about 800,000 of its residents volunteered to hitch or reenlist within the nation’s navy to struggle towards america, North Korea’s state newspaper reported on Saturday.

About 800,000 college students and staff, on Friday alone, throughout the nation expressed a need to enlist or reenlist within the navy to counter america, the Rodong Sinmun newspaper reported.

“The hovering enthusiasm of younger individuals to hitch the military is an indication of the unshakeable will of the youthful technology to mercilessly wipe out the warfare maniacs making last-ditch efforts to remove our valuable socialist nation, and obtain the good reason behind nationwide reunification with out fail and a transparent manifestation of their ardent patriotism,” the North’s Rodong Sinmun stated.

The North’s declare got here after North Korea on Thursday launched its Hwasong-17 intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM) in response to ongoing US-South Korea navy drills.

North Korea fired the ICBM into the ocean between the Korean peninsula and Japan on Thursday, hours earlier than South Korea’s president flew to Tokyo for a summit that mentioned methods to counter the nuclear-armed North.

The North’s ballistic missiles are banned beneath United Nations Safety Council resolutions and the launch drew condemnation from governments in Seoul, Washington and Tokyo.

South Korean and American forces started 11 days of joint drills, dubbed “Freedom Protect 23”, on Monday, held on a scale not seen since 2017 to counter the North’s rising threats.

Kim accused america and South Korea of accelerating tensions with the navy drills.  

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