At least 3.5 million young people and retired soldiers have joined the North Korean military to fight in the event of a war against the USA, state media said, adding that people are rising up "to retaliate against" Washington.
North Korea's Central News Agency (KCNA) later reported that Pyongyang was "carefully examining" plans for a missile strike on the Andersen Air Force Base located on the US Pacific territory of Guam.
According to the paper, about 3.47 million people, including students and retired soldiers, asked the authorities to enlist them in the military. 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". Russia, however, said that the missiles were intermediate range.
It said there had recently been an evacuation drill to deal with a "ballistic rocket threat" from someone in Hawaii in response to President Donald Trump's vows that the U.S. would "not rule out a war". "Hopefully Kim Jong Un will find another path!", Trump wrote.
North Korea warned foreign diplomats to leave Pyongyang in 2013 when it suspended work at a joint inter-Korean industrial park and threatened missile strikes on U.S. Pacific bases, notably in Guam and Hawaii.Читайте также: Trump's obsession with President Obama spins dangerously out of control
KCNA said: "The "sanctions resolution" is no more than the last-ditch efforts of those frightened by the might of (North Korea)".
State media also declared that the North Korean army is not afraid to back down from nuclear war should tensions bubble over, stating that Pyongyang is "capable of fighting any war the U.S. wants".
"It's a total mismatch", Ivashov, who now heads the Academy of Geopolitical Problems, said of a possible confrontation between Washington and Pyongyang.
Never before seen pictures of North Korea at war.
The NATO source added that "Article 6 of the Washington Treaty defines the geographical scope of Article 5 primarily as "territory of any of the Parties in Europe or North America" or 'islands under the jurisdiction of any of the Parties in the North Atlantic Area north of the Tropic of Cancer".
Ivashov was also skeptical of Pyongyang's threats to target Guam in case of an attack.
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