North Korea once again threatened nuclear warfare with a video of an American city in flames after being hit with their nuclear missiles. The North Korean video was shown at a musical performance conducted by the military, with dictator Kim Jong-un in attendance. Footage of the video is provided below.
North Korea is in the midst of a national celebration of the birthday of Kim Il Sung, the founder of the North Korean dictatorship and the grandfather of current leader Kim Jong-un. At a musical performance on Sunday, a military choir sang while the video was played. The audience, which included hundreds of military members, cheered in approval. Supreme Leader Kim Il Sung, making a rare public appearance, applauded the video as well.
The North Korean video began with footage of the launch of their missiles in February. The video, however, then switched to computer imagery of missiles flying across the Pacific Ocean and striking an unidentified American city. The city is then destroyed in a nuclear explosion, and the flag and a row of military graves lined with crosses are seen burning.
It is unclear where the computer-generated footage of an American city came from. North Korea has used computer imagery from American sources to exaggerate their military might. In 2013, a North Korean military propaganda video was caught using scenes from the video game “Call of Duty,” leading to wide ridicule in the United States.
‘When the performance was over, all the performers and participants in the military parade broke into enthusiastic cheers of “hurrah!”,’ state run KCNA news agency said.
State TV footage showed leader Kim smiling and waving in return.
‘The Dear Supreme Leader waved back to them and congratulated the artistes on their successful performance,’ KCNA said.
North Korea said in February that it had successfully tested a new type of medium- to long-range ballistic missile, the Pukguksong-2, propelled by a solid-fuel engine.
During Saturday’s military parade it displayed what appeared to be new intercontinental ballistic missiles.
And a day later it conducted a failed missile test, which drew international condemnation.
North Korea regularly threatens to destroy the United States and amid heightened tension on the Korean peninsula, it has escalated a war of words, warning of full-out nuclear war if Washington takes military action against it.
U.S. Vice President Mike Pence, on a trip to Asia, has repeatedly warned that the ‘era of strategic patience’ with North Korea is over and on Wednesday said it would meet any attack with an ‘overwhelming response.’
Here is the video being shown at the military performance.
Despite the bluster in the North Korean video, their military might is not as powerful as they claim. While they do have nuclear technology, they cannot produce a missile with consistent long range capabilities. Their recent missile launch tests have mostly ended in failure, with most exploding soon after launch.
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