NK says 3.5 mln asked to join military to fight against US


North Korean officials in turn have accused the USA leader of driving the Korean peninsula to the brink of nuclear war.

It said there had recently been an evacuation drill to deal with a "ballistic rocket threat" from someone in Hawaii in response to President Donald Trump's vows that the United States would "not rule out a war".

President Donald Trump has offered fiery warnings for North Korea, saying that the USA military was "locked and loaded".

President Trump has also insisted that "nobody loves a peaceful solution better than President Trump".

North Korea said on Saturday almost 3.5 million workers, party members and soldiers volunteered to join or rejoin its army to fight against the U.S.in the current geopolitical tension between Pyongyang and Washington.

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The country's official newspaper, Rodong Simmun, reported that the huge intake of new military members came after the Korea Central News Agency (KCNA) issued a statement regarding the new United Nations sanctions that were brought in on Monday (7 August).

On Aug. 5, the UNSC voted unanimously for fresh sanctions on North Korea following two tests of intercontinental ballistic missiles in July, prompting Pyongyang to warn of a "stern action of justice" against the US and a missile strike around the USA territory of Guam.

A separate KCNA report said that rallies of youth, workers and trade union members took place at the Youth Park Open-Air Theater and the compound of the Monument to Party Founding on Friday to express their “absolute” support for their governments statement, which categorically rejected the recent UNSC sanctions resolution.

A rally was held on the streets of Pyongyang, North Korea's capital, on Wednesday (9 August) to show support to the Kim regime.

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 tensions.