North Korea apparently decided to add more fuel to the fire of the ever growing concern of the nation accelerating its nuclear weapons program by releasing a video that purportedly shows a city that resembles New York being under a nuclear attack.
Uriminzokkiri, North Korea’s central news agency and the main source of state produced propaganda, posted a video on Saturday that shows what appears to be a United States city — possibly New York — covered in flames after an apparent nuclear missile attack.
The video is shot as if it is the dream of a young man. In his dream, the man sees himself orbiting the Earth aboard a space shuttle that is extremely similar to the rocket that North Korea tested last December. As he circles the planet and “We Are the World” plays in the background, he looks out the window of the ship and is able to see North and South Korea re-united far below.
Then the tone of the video changes from joy to dread. The camera shifts and shows a city that bears a United States flag being attacked by missiles. The skyscrapers in the city, one of which resembles the Empire State Building, are either engulfed in flames or crashing to the ground in ruins.
While these images of destruction flash across the screen, these captions run underneath:
“Somewhere in the United States, black clouds of smoke are billowing,” the first caption says. “It seems that the nest of wickedness is ablaze with the fire started by itself.” As the video draws to a close, the young man reaches the conclusion that the dream he has just had will “surely come true.” This realization is followed by one last bit of propaganda. “Despite all kinds of attempts by imperialists to isolate and crush us … never will anyone be able to stop the people marching toward a final victory.”
Despite UN sanctions imposed after its December rocket launch, North Korea is expected to continue conducting nuclear testing.