According to state media, hundreds of thousands of young North Koreans have reported for military service. This was preceded by a practice maneuver by the US and South Korea.
On Friday alone, more than 800,000 youth and students across the country signed up to join the people’s army, KCNA said Saturday.
Photos in the state newspaper Rodong Sinmun showed long lines of young North Koreans on what appeared to be a construction site.
North Korea says it tested its largest intercontinental ballistic missile, the Hwasong-17, on Thursday. State media described the test as a response to ongoing joint military exercises between the US and South Korea. KCNA warned on Saturday that the biggest maneuvers in five years are approaching an “inexcusable red line.”
Pyongyang sees such maneuvers as preparation for an invasion of North Korea and has repeatedly threatened “overwhelming measures”. Last year, ruler Kim Jong-un declared his internationally isolated country an “irreversible nuclear power”. Earlier this month, he also ordered the army to step up maneuvers in preparation for a “real war.”
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