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    North Korea claims about 800,000 signed up to fight US

    SEOUL (Lonson Post with Reuters) North Korea claims about 800,000 of its citizens have voluntarily joined or reenlisted in its armed forces to fight the United States, a North Korean state-run newspaper said on Saturday. reported to

    On Friday alone, about 800,000 students and workers across the country expressed a desire to join or re-enlist in the military to take on the United States, according to the Rodong Shinmun.

    “The growing enthusiasm of the younger generation for enlistment in the armed forces is a sign of the unwavering determination of the war-obsessed younger generation to eliminate, ruthlessly annihilate our precious socialist country, and bring about the greatness of war. “They are making last-ditch efforts to achieve their goals. The reunification of the motherland will inevitably fail, which is a clear sign of their fierce patriotism,” the North Korean Rodong Sinmun said.

    North Korea’s claims came after North Korea launched a Hwasong-17 ICBM on Thursday in response to ongoing military exercises between the United States and South Korea.

    North Korea launched an intercontinental ballistic missile between the Korean peninsula and Japan on Thursday. Hours earlier, the South Korean president flew to Tokyo to discuss ways to counter a nuclear-armed North Korea. North Korea’s ballistic missiles are banned by UN Security Council resolutions, and the launches have been condemned by the governments of Seoul, Washington and Tokyo.

    On Monday, the South Korean and US militaries launched their 11-day joint exercise, called Freedom Shield 23, on a scale not seen since 2017 to counter the growing threat to North Korea.

    Kim accused the United States and South Korea of ​​heightening tensions with military exercises.

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