North Korea mobilises its submarines as one million volunteers pledge to defend nation against South Korea

'Young people across the DPRK are turning out in the sacred war'

Shehab Khan
Monday 24 August 2015 01:26
Comments
North Koreans who signed up to join the army train in the midst of political tension with South Korea
North Koreans who signed up to join the army train in the midst of political tension with South Korea

One million people have volunteered to defend North Korea if war breaks out with South Korea.

According to the country’s state media "young people across the Democratic People's Republic of Korea are turning out in the sacred war for defending the country with their faith and will to annihilate the enemies".

North Koreans read public copy of the daily newspaper at the platform of a subway station in Pyongyang

North Korea has mobilised a large number of submarines and doubled its artillery units along the border. A defense ministry spokesman from the South has said an unprecedented number of submarines, thought to be around 70 percent of the North's total fleet, had left their bases and disappeared from Seoul's military radar.

Inter-Korean relations have been strained since the deadly sinking of a South Korean warship in 2010, which Pyongyang denied responsibility for. Tensions sparked up again this month after two South Korean soldiers were wounded by landmines along the border. The North denied laying the mines but days later Seoul began its propaganda broadcasts in random three-hour bursts from loudspeakers, including news reports and K-pop music.

A South Korean amy soldier walks as his colleague soldiers stand guard on Unification Bridge, which leads to the demilitarized zone

The North’s leader Kim Jong-Un has declared a "quasi-state of war" in front-line areas and set an ultimatum for Seoul to halt its broadcasts after an exchange of artillery fire on Thursday that claimed no casualties but further escalated tension.

The United Nations, the United States and the North Korea’s ally China, have all called for calm.

Register for free to continue reading

Registration is a free and easy way to support our truly independent journalism

By registering, you will also enjoy limited access to Premium articles, exclusive newsletters, commenting, and virtual events with our leading journalists

Please enter a valid email
Please enter a valid email
Must be at least 6 characters, include an upper and lower case character and a number
Must be at least 6 characters, include an upper and lower case character and a number
Must be at least 6 characters, include an upper and lower case character and a number
Please enter your first name
Special characters aren’t allowed
Please enter a name between 1 and 40 characters
Please enter your last name
Special characters aren’t allowed
Please enter a name between 1 and 40 characters
You must be over 18 years old to register
You must be over 18 years old to register
Opt-out-policy
You can opt-out at any time by signing in to your account to manage your preferences. Each email has a link to unsubscribe.

Already have an account? sign in

By clicking ‘Register’ you confirm that your data has been entered correctly and you have read and agree to our Terms of use, Cookie policy and Privacy notice.

This site is protected by reCAPTCHA and the Google Privacy policy and Terms of service apply.

Join our new commenting forum

Join thought-provoking conversations, follow other Independent readers and see their replies

Comments

Thank you for registering

Please refresh the page or navigate to another page on the site to be automatically logged in