North Korea says 3.5mn volunteers ‘ready to retaliate against US’

Some 3.5 million North Korean citizens have signed up to enlist in the army to fight against the U.S., as tension between Washington and Pyongyang continues to mount, state-media reported on Saturday. “In North Hwanghae Province, 89,000 young men pleaded to enlist or reenlist on August 9 alone”, the state-approved newspaper claims. “In Daedong County of South Pyongan Province, more than 20,000 students, party members and laborers filed enlistment or reenlistment requests”, the newspaper said.

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.

The restrictions came after North Korea’s latest missile tests, which it claimed involved the launch of intercontinental ballistic missiles (ICBMs). Russia, however, said that the missiles were intermediate range.

The war of words between Pyongyang and Washington has escalated since US President Donald Trump took office.

North Korea’s military said Wednesday it was considering a missile attack near the U.S. island territory of Guam after President Donald Trump threatened Pyongyang with “fire and fury”.

On August 5, the UNSC voted unanimously for fresh sanctions on Pyongyang following two intercontinental ballistic missiles tests in July, prompting the country to warn of a “stern action of justice” against the USA and a missile strike around the United States territory of Guam.

U.S. spooks confirmed Kim Jong-un can now miniaturise nuclear warheads for use on his ICBMs, and the island is well within range of his missiles.

It’s a total mismatch“, Ivashov, who now heads the Academy of Geopolitical Problems, said of a possible confrontation between Washington and Pyongyang.

Even though North Korea has more than 10,000 artillery pieces and multiple rocket launchers lined up along the entire length of the demilitarized zone separating it from its southern neighbor, the United States, unlike South Korea, has little to worry about, Vladimir Ardayev wrote.

Never before seen pictures of North Korea at war.

“The US has a powerful anti-missile defense system off the coast of the Korean Peninsula… which may well intercept Pyongyang’s missiles”.

The NIS added that the “black list” also included the geographical coordinates and satellite photos of the US Osan and Yongsan bases and it looks highly unlikely that the mobile “blast mitigations walls” the US is going to build in South Korea will provide enough protection against possible attacks by the notorious terrorist organization, Vladimir Ardayev concluded.