Brussels to hold emergency meeting on North Korea standoff

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North Korea's official newspaper, Rodong Sinmun said they volunteered after the Korea Central News Agency issued a statement on Monday condemning new sanctions imposed by the UN.

North Korea has announced that around 3.5 million workers and party members have volunteered to join or rejoin the army amid the growing geopolitical crisis with the United States.

The Council of the European Union said Thursday that it added nine North Korean individuals and four entities to the lists of those subject to an asset freeze and travel restrictions after the UN Security Council adopted Resolution 2371 on Saturday in response to Pyongyang's continued missile provocations. "If the USA and South Korea carry out strikes and try to overthrow the North Korean regime and change the political pattern of the Korean Peninsula, China will prevent them from doing so".

North Korea has condemned the latest United Nations sanctions, saying they violate its sovereignty.

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"This resolution was adopted on 5 August 2017 in response to the Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK)'s ongoing nuclear-weapon and ballistic missile-development activities, in violation and flagrant disregard of previous UN Security Council resolutions", the EU's statement said.

The European Union has responded to the North Korean threats to send a salvo of missiles toward the USA territory of Guam by expanding the sanctions blacklist to align the EU's punitive measures with a new United Nations Security Council resolution.

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