12 Aug '17, 11am

#North Korea says nearly 3.5m volunteer for People's Army as tensions rise

SEOUL (REUTERS) - North Korea said on Saturday (Aug 12) that nearly 3.5 million workers, party members and soldiers volunteered to join or rejoin its army to resist new UN sanctions and to fight against the United States, amid mounting geopolitical tensions between Pyongyang and Washington. 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 on Monday condemning new sanctions imposed by the United Nations in retaliation for North Korean missile tests. Earlier this week, nuclear-armed North Korea threatened to strike the US and its Pacific territory of Guam. KCNA said on Wednesday a mass rally was held in Pyongyang to support the government. North Korea has previously mobilised large crowds to show its resolve when tensions escalate. Get The Straits...

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