Nearly 5 million citizens enlisted or re-enlisted in North Korea’s military, according to the country’s state-run media. On Thursday, the outlet claimed the North Koreans enlisted in order to help defend their country, in the event war breaks out on the Korean peninsula.
A report in USA Today says North Korean officials have reported 4.7 million citizens, including one million women, have volunteered to join leader Kim Jong Un’s army, which claims it will “bring fire” to the United States.
“Over the past six days, millions of young men expressed their will for military enlistment to counter the U.S. force, and even some 1.22 million women vowed to voluntarily follow suit,” said the news agency, reportedly.
The statement comes hours after the Chinese government announced that it has ordered North Korean companies in the country to shut down by January. The deadline is 120 days from Sep. 12, the date the latest round of United Nations (UN) sanctions were adopted.
The UN sanctions were imposed on the rogue nation following Pyongyang’s sixth nuclear test, in which it claimed to have successfully tested a hydrogen bomb, on Sep. 3.
China’s agreement to abide by the UN sanctions is particularly damaging to North Korea, as Beijing has historically been Pyongyang’s main ally and trading partner, responsible for around 90 percent of North Korea’s commerce.
The new Chinese policy will hamstring the North Korean economy, impeding their ability to import fuel, food, and other necessities.
President Trump has warned Kim that the United States is prepared to “totally destroy” his regime if he continues to pursue nuclear ambitions and threaten the United States, its territories, or its allies. The president said Kim, who he has nicknamed “Rocket Man,” is on a “suicide mission.”
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