North Korea

Kim’s threat to ‘tame’ US President Trump prompts 4.7 million North Koreans to join fight, media says

Pyongyang has previously made similar statements as part of its propaganda campaigns to boost solidarity, according to South Korean news agency

PUBLISHED : Friday, 29 September, 2017, 10:16am
UPDATED : Friday, 29 September, 2017, 10:16am

North Korea claims 4.7 million of its citizens have volunteered to join or re-enlist in the military since leader Kim Jong-un threatened to “tame” US President Trump “with fire” last week, North Korean state media reported.

Millions of young men and 1.22 million women said they wanted sign up to counter the US since Friday, the Rodong Sinmun newspaper reported.

Pyongyang has previously claimed that North Koreans have volunteered to join the military as part of propaganda campaigns to boost solidarity, according to South Korean news agency Yonhap.

All North Korean firms and joint ventures in China to be closed

China, Pyongyang’s most important ally, on Thursday ordered North Korean companies in the country and joint ventures with Chinese firms to close within 120 days of the passing of the latest round of UN sanctions on September 12.

The UN Security Council voted unanimously to ban North Korean textile exports and cap fuel supplies following the North’s sixth nuclear test earlier this month.

The North Korean military enlistment claims came after Kim issued a statement on Friday warning: “I will surely and definitely tame the mentally deranged US dotard with fire.”

China steps up security on North Korea, India and Myanmar borders for Communist Party congress

The North Korean leader spoke out after Trump told the UN General Assembly in New York that if “forced to defend itself or its allies, we will have no choice but to totally destroy North Korea”.

Malaysia banned its citizens from travelling to North Korea until further notice on Thursday, citing Pyongyang’s recent missile tests. Malaysia is one of the reclusive nation’s few diplomatic partners.

It came amid increasing diplomatic pressure on North Korea, after the country launched two intercontinental ballistic missiles, flew mid-range missiles over Japan and conducted its sixth and largest nuclear test.