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4.7 mn North Koreans volunteer to join Army

This figure consists of students and workers including 1.22 mn women who have been asked to join the Korean People's Army

IANS  |  Pyongyang 

Special operation forces of the Korean People's Army, guided by North Korean leader Kim Jong Un, take part in a target-striking contest to occupy islands in this undated picture in Pyongyang. (Photo: KCNA/Reuters)
Special operation forces of the Korean People's Army, guided by North Korean leader Kim Jong Un, take part in a target-striking contest to occupy islands in this undated picture in Pyongyang. (Photo: KCNA/Reuters)

Some 4.7 million North Koreans have volunteered to join the ranks of the military, a state media report said on Thursday.

The figure consisted of "students and workers" including 1.22 million women who in the past six days have been asked to join the ranks of the Korean People's Army, the Rodong Sinmun daily report said.

North Korean leader issued a statement on September 22 criticising a speech that US President made at the UN, threatening to "totally destroy North Korea", reports Efe news.

Kim called "mentally deranged" and said would give a response "at the highest level" to what he considered the US President's insult.

Kim's continued weapons tests, including his nuclear test on September 3, coupled with rhetorical exchanges between and Washington, have exacerbated tensions on the Korean peninsula.

said on Tuesday that any action would be "devastating" for

 

First Published: Thu, September 28 2017. 16:49 IST
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