President Donald Trump promised to ‘fix the mess’ surrounding North Korean dictator Kim Jong-un. The leaders of both countries have suggested using military action in recent weeks as tensions continue to grow.
North Korea claims that 4.7 million of its citizens have volunteered to join or re-enlist in the military since leader Kim Jong UnÂ threatened to “tameâ President Trump âwith fire” last week, North Korean state media reported.
Millions of young men and 1.22 million women said they wanted sign upÂ to counter the U.S. 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 boostÂ solidarity, according to South Korean news agency Yonhap.
China, Pyongyang’sÂ most important ally,Â on Thursday ordered North Korean companies in the country and joint ventures with Chinese firmsÂ to closeÂ within 120 days of the passing of the latest round of U.N.Â sanctions on Sept. 12.
The U.N. Security Council voted unanimously to ban North Korean textile exports and cap fuel supplies following the North’s sixthÂ nuclear test earlier this month.
The North Korean military enlistment claims came after Kim issued a statement Friday warning: “I will surely and definitely tame the mentally deranged U.S. dotard with fire.”
The North Korean leaderÂ spoke out after Trump told the U.N. General Assembly in New York that if âforced to defend itself or its allies, we will…