A new report from the Daily Mail claims that hundreds of North Korean students are signing up to join the country’s military, based on photographs capturing lines of enlistment.
Following North Korean leader Kim Jong-un’s threat to test missiles on Guam, an allied U.S. island home to nuclear-capable B2 bombers, mass enlistment roll outs have taken place due to escalating international tensions.
In the past week alone, both Kim and President Donald Trump have increased their rhetoric on threats. Much of the threats have been oriented with military action and intervention.
A North Korean state news agency representing their dictator released a statement Friday aimed at President Trump and the United States. The network warned that “even a single shell dropped on the Korean Peninsula might lead to the outbreak of … thermonuclear war.”
“We consider the U.S. no more than a lump which we can beat to a jelly any time,” the Korean Central News Agency stated when it issued the threat, quoting Institute of International Studies researcher Kang Kum Chol.
Pentagon officials, in response to the odd “beat to a jelly” threat, told Fox News on Friday that the U.S. military stands ready to “fight tonight” on the Korean Peninsula. The “fight tonight” vow is a legendary motto for U.S. forces deployed to the region.
President Trump earlier on Friday said the U.S. is “locked and loaded” and retweeted images from the U.S. Pacific Command showing B-1B Lancer bombers on Guam. “Military solutions are now fully in place, locked and loaded, should North Korea act unwisely. Hopefully Kim Jong Un will find another path!” Trump also tweeted.
— U.S. Pacific Command (@PacificCommand) August 11, 2017
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