An article in a Pyongyang-based propaganda newspaper today declared already more than 3.5 million people had signed up to fight.
The propaganda rag claimed these millions were “volunteers” and included students and former soldiers – although the truth is likely to be far more grim.
As revealed by Express.co.uk last year, life in the North Korea army is one of pain, hunger and oppression.
And with absolute obedience to the three-generation Kim dynasty demanded, these military ‘volunteers’ are more likely to be malnourished and desperate civilians forced into action.
The newspaper claimed 3.47 million people had asked to enlist in the army since the North Korean crisis began.
The piece said: “All the people are rising up across the country to retaliate against the US thousands of times. In North Hwanghae Province, 89,000 young men pleaded to enlist or reenlist on August 9 alone.
“In Daedong County of South Pyongan Province, more than 20,000 students, party members and labourers filed enlistment or reenlistment requests.”
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Hiroshima, Shimane and Kochi are particularly at risk as any North Korea missile fired at the US territory of Guam would pass directly overhead.
While Pyongyang said any missile would be aimed to miss the island and merely used to send a warning, any malfunction of the missile over Japan could put hundreds of thousands of people at risk – and given North Korea’s patchy success record in missile launches, this is a major threat.