North Korea vs US: From Propaganda Videos to Nuclear War
Last Sunday, North Korean (NK) despotic leader Kim Jong Un celebrated his late grandfather’s (Kim Il Sung) 105th anniversary with a rousing concert that also featured a video simulation of a nuclear missile attack obliterating an American city.
Based on the video of the celebration, a full orchestra played alongside the video depicting missiles soaring over the Pacific and engulfing a city on the U.S. The propaganda video ends with an American flag and a cemetery in flames.
The video follows a military parade Saturday, in which North Korea presented three different Intercontinental Ballistic Missiles (ICBM) models. The lyrics to the song played during the video are: “Our proud Hwasong rocket blasts off … It flies as quickly as a flash of lightning to challenge imperialism,” according to Yonhap News Agency.
The previous video concocted by NK’s propaganda team depicts scenes of NK troops blowing up a U.S. Navy aircraft carrier and bomber with its ‘advanced’ ballistic missiles. This is one of many videos released by the totalitarian nation portraying mock violence against the United States and its allies.
Vice President Mike Pence on Wednesday warned North Korea not to test the resolve of the U.S. military, promising it would make an “overwhelming and effective” response to any use of conventional or nuclear weapons.
North Korea’s nuclear weapons and ballistic missile programs have raised tensions between Pyongyang and Washington and increased talk of war. US President Donald Trump has declared that the US has “no choice” but to continue building a stronger military amid war tensions with the rouge state. He tweeted: “Our military is building and is rapidly becoming stronger than ever before. Frankly we have no choice.” Trump’s administration also stated that the recent missile tests is a provocative, destabilising and threatening behaviour on the part of the North Korean regime.
With the heightened tension between the US and NK, the unpredictable Trump administration and the current weakened political state facing South Korea, the deadly cocktail mix could likely escalate to a full on war in the peninsula, drawing in China, Russia and Japan.
The world is closely monitoring the situation as any misstep and misjudgement by any of the actors involved could lead to World War 3.