Nearly 3.5 million workers, party members and soldiers in North Korea, or the Democratic People's Republic of Korea, DPRK, volunteered to join or rejoin its army to retaliate against the United States and the United Nations, DPRK state media said on Saturday.
Rodong Sinmun, the DPRK's official newspaper, said the volunteers had offered to join or rejoin the People's Army after the Korea Central News Agency, KCNA, issued a statement on Monday condemning new sanctions imposed by the United Nations in retaliation for DPRK missile tests.
Many are also enlisting in the People's Army in order to combat rising U.S. aggression, Rodong Sinmun added.
"All the people are rising up across the country to retaliate against the U.S. thousands of times,” the newspaper said.
“In North Hwanghae Province, 89,000 young men pleaded to enlist or reenlist on Aug. 9 alone. In Daedong County of South Pyongan Province, more than 20,000 students, party members and laborers filed enlistment or reenlistment requests."
The U.N. Security Council voted unanimously on August 5 for fresh sanctions on the DPRK following its two tests of intercontinental ballistic missiles in July.
Earlier this week, the DPRK's military said it was considering a missile attack near the U.S. territory of Guam after President Donald Trump threatened Pyongyang with “fire and fury.”
Over 100,000 citizens gathered in Pyongyang to support the government's pledge of retaliation against the United States. Smaller rallies were also held in provincial cities.
The DPRK has previously mobilized large crowds to show its resolve when tensions on the Korean Peninsula escalated.
In 2015, for example, one million DPRK citizens offered to enlist or re-enlist in the army when a mine exploded in the demilitarized zone between the two Koreas.