Listen to this article North Korea Reports Enlistment Of Nearly 800,000 Individuals To Fight The United States
North Korea Reports Enlistment Surge in Response to Ongoing U.S-South Korea Military Drills
According to a recent report from North Korea’s state newspaper, Rodong Sinmun, about 800,000 citizens have volunteered to join or reenlist in the country’s military to fight against the United States. Furthermore, this report highlights the increasing tensions between North Korea and the US.This surge in enlistment occurred on March 17th, with students and workers expressing a desire to counter ongoing U.S-South Korea military drills.
Enthusiastic Response from Young People
According to Rodong Sinmun, the surge in enlistment “demonstrates the unshakeable will of the younger generation to mercilessly wipe out the war maniacs making last-ditch efforts to eliminate our precious socialist country.” The article praised the “soaring enthusiasm of young people” who have expressed their ardent patriotism and commitment to the cause of national reunification.
Launch of Hwasong-17 Intercontinental Ballistic Missile
The North’s report comes after it launched an intercontinental ballistic missile, the Hwasong-17, on March 16th in response to ongoing U.S-South Korea military drills. North Korea fired the missile into the sea between the Korean peninsula and Japan just hours before South Korean President Moon Jae-in flew to Tokyo for a summit to discuss ways to counter North Korea’s nuclear program.
Condemnation from Governments in Seoul, Washington, and Tokyo
The North’s ballistic missiles are banned under United Nations Security Council resolutions, and the launch drew immediate condemnation from governments in Seoul, Washington, and Tokyo. The launch also raised concerns about the possibility of a nuclear conflict in the region.
Joint Military Drills: “Freedom Shield 23”
In response to North Korea’s missile launch and growing threats, South Korean and American forces began joint military drills on March 14th. The 11-day drills, dubbed “Freedom Shield 23,” are being held on a scale not seen since 2017. The drills include ground, naval, and air forces and aim to improve the readiness and interoperability of the U.S-South Korean military.
Accusations from North Korean Leader
North Korean leader Kim Jong-un has accused the United States and South Korea of increasing tensions with these military exercises. In a statement released on March 14th, Kim called the drills a “grave provocation” and warned that they could lead to “unexpected consequences.” He also accused the United States of using the drills as a pretext for a nuclear attack.