3:35 pm - 02/06/2013

North Korea video shows 'US city' hit by missiles

NORTH Korea has posted a video on YouTube depicting a US city resembling New York engulfed in flames after an apparent missile attack.

The video was uploaded by the North's official website, uriminzokkiri which distributes news and propaganda from the state media.

The video is shot as a dream sequence, with a young man seeing himself on board a North Korean space shuttle launched into orbit by the same type of rocket Pyongyang successfully tested in December. As the shuttle circles the globe - to the tune of We Are the World - the video zooms in on countries below, including a reunified Korea.
The focus then switches to a city - shrouded in the US flag - under apparent missile attack, with its skyscrapers either on fire or in ruins.

"Somewhere in the United States, black clouds of smoke are billowing," reads a caption. "It seems that the nest of wickedness is ablaze."

Some predict the nuclear test will come before the Lunar New Year on February 10, while others suggest it will be timed to coincide with the February 16 birthday of late leader Kim Jong-Il, father of current leader Kim Jong-Un (above).

The video ends with the young man concluding that his dream will "surely come true".
"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," it says.

Former US Ambassador to the United Nations John Bolton, in a statement to FoxNews.com, said the video is another "disturbing reminder" of what a nuclear-capable North Korea would mean to the world.

"We should not delude ourselves by thinking that Pyongyang will ever be negotiated out of that capability."
Doug Bandow, a senior fellow for Cato Institute specializing in foreign policy, said the "weird" video is proof that Pyongyang has entered the digital age.

South Korean conservative protesters burn a mockup of a North Korean missile and portraits of Kim Jong-Un in December. Picture: Getty Images

"My first reaction is they are getting with the Internet age," Bandow told FoxNews.com. “For years, they have used vivid imagery in their rhetoric — they once threatened to turn Seoul into a lake of fire — so they've figured out a way to put pictures to the rhetoric. But it doesn't look to me to be more than an amplification of what they've said for years."

The video is little more than "bluster", Bandow said, and should not be seen as a threat to the United States.
"I think this is bluster," he said. "The good news here is that while they’re evil, they’re not stupid. They know they would lose."

The video comes as South Korean President Lee Myung-Bak said he believed North Korea could detonate multiple devices when it goes ahead with a nuclear test expected in the coming weeks or even days.
In an interview with the Chosun Ilbo daily, the outgoing president also acknowledged the huge challenge the international community faces in seeking to wean Pyongyang off its nuclear weapons program.

The North has signaled that it will carry out a "higher level" nuclear test very soon, in a defiant response to tightened UN sanctions after its successful long-range rocket launch in December.
Mr Lee said "higher-level" suggested Pyongyang might attempt to detonate several devices.
"North Korea is likely to carry out multiple nuclear tests at two places or more simultaneously" to maximize scientific gains from an event that will be globally condemned, Mr Lee said.
Experts around the world are gearing up to analyse any test for what it might reveal about the current status of the North's weapons program.

Of particular interest will be any sign that its scientists have succeeded in developing a warhead that can be fitted onto a missile.

"If the North produces miniaturized weapons that can be used as warheads on missiles, it would really pose a threat," Mr Lee said. "That's why the whole world is watching it so intensively."
Mr Lee has only a few weeks left in office at the end of a five-year term marked by an almost total freeze of contacts between North and South Korea.
In his interview, he suggested that diplomatic efforts would make little headway in bringing about a significant policy shift in Pyongyang.

"I think it is difficult to persuade the North regime to give up the nuclear path," he said.
Some predict the test will come before the Lunar New Year on February 10, while others suggest it will be timed to coincide with the February 16 birthday of late leader Kim Jong-Il, father of current leader Kim Jong-Un.

news.com.au + mattgloval

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keyllastic 6th-Feb-2013 11:51 pm (UTC)

I've no words for how wtf the video was. Moments like this, I really question why did I ever choose to write my thesis on NK, most of the time they just make me headpalm so much...........
jeit91 6th-Feb-2013 11:59 pm (UTC)
found myself singing along with the instrumental and slowly waving my arms from side to side.
pumpkin_bread 7th-Feb-2013 12:00 am (UTC)
how do you not sing along to it amirite
pumpkin_bread 6th-Feb-2013 11:59 pm (UTC)
oh you

45s 7th-Feb-2013 12:15 am (UTC)
This is funny as hell. I hope some hip hop group samples this bc of reasons
achan123 7th-Feb-2013 12:33 am (UTC)
isn't the song 'we are the world' a song of peace and love and shit? shouldnt they be using songs like 'go kill yourself USA' or something?
ta_tow 2nd-Apr-2013 01:34 am (UTC)
ikr? are we supposed to join together and sing about peace, or finally blow you guys the fuck up so the REST of us can have peace?
mjspice 7th-Feb-2013 12:48 am (UTC)
Here for that fab Michael Jackson gif.

LOL I was actually reading up about this yesterday. You've outdone yourself NK. BRAVO!

Edited at 2013-02-07 12:48 am (UTC)
shanny_w 7th-Feb-2013 01:03 am (UTC)
How dare they use MJ's majestic song of hope :O
age_of_green 7th-Feb-2013 12:51 am (UTC)
North Korea would either be squashed by the US or China if they tried anything. The problems would come from who gets the "spoils" of war.
frantastic 7th-Feb-2013 12:51 am (UTC)
but where are the unicorns?

Edited at 2013-02-07 12:51 am (UTC)
45s 7th-Feb-2013 12:56 am (UTC)
The leader doesnt let them out for minor diss tracks like this
rylee900 7th-Feb-2013 12:57 am (UTC)
North Korea, this is really not qt

Still though, while NK could not stand against the US if they did try anything...nuclear war is not exactly a prospect high on my list of things to do this year.
I'm still debating whether or not they'd be stupid enough to try it.
warriorholmes 7th-Feb-2013 01:10 am (UTC)

i'm worried that they will try it but i know that the US would crush them so idkl lol
speakoslow 7th-Feb-2013 01:01 am (UTC)
Propaganda fail. The only people who can see this video are people outside of N.Korea. So that means this video only further proved that in the year 2013, NK videos look like the 80s. Still light years behind the rest of the world.
b1gay4 7th-Feb-2013 01:18 am (UTC)
should have used soulja boy superman + gangnam style remix
-3/10 would not watch again
falling_empress 7th-Feb-2013 05:43 am (UTC)
shadow_kitty47 7th-Feb-2013 02:36 am (UTC)
apparently the footage of the burning buildings is from Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3...

scary stuff....I dont want to imagine a nuclear capable North Korea :(
unicornios 7th-Feb-2013 02:42 am (UTC)
I... don't know what to say o.o
sub_divided 7th-Feb-2013 04:04 am (UTC)
After reading ex-Google CEO Eric Schmidt's daughter's blog post about Pyongyang, I just imagine that this is some kind of student end of term project produced using every computer in NK, for the 2 hours a day there is electricity to power them, over months... and of course, on the only subject an ambitious student in NK would know well enough to make a short movie about.

It's actually very well done, if you think about it being made under those conditions. But that just makes it weirder and more disturbing...
sub_divided 7th-Feb-2013 04:06 am (UTC)
North Korea is a terrifying country.
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