Following the war of words between US President, Donald Trump and North Korea leader, Kim Jong Un, Pyongyang on Saturday announced that nearly 3.5 million workers, party members and soldiers have volunteered to join or rejoin its army to fight against America.
Rodong Sinmun, North Korea’s official newspaper, said the volunteers had offered to join or rejoin the People’s Army after the Korea Central News Agency (KCNA) issued a statement condemning new sanctions imposed by the UN in retaliation for North Korean missile tests.
In August 2015, one million North Koreans offered to enlist or re-enlist in the army when a mine exploded in the demilitarized zone between the two Koreas, raising additional tensions.
Meanwhile, Trump, has said the US military is “locked and loaded” and ready to deal with any North Korean threat.
He tweeted: ”Military solutions are now fully in place, locked and loaded, should North Korea act unwisely. Hopefully Kim Jong Un will find another path!”, Trump wrote.
North Korea had on Wednesday said it is “carefully examining” a plan to strike the US Pacific territory of Guam with missiles.
A spokesman for the Korean People’s Army said the strike plan will be “put into practice in a multi-current and consecutive way any moment” once leader Kim Jong-un makes a decision.