As tensions escalate between North Korea and the United States, the Kim Jong-un regime has pulled out the oldest trick in the dictator's handbook: Propaganda.
The New York Times reported that the three-minute video, released by Uriminzokkiri TV, a state-run outlet, shows a US aircraft carrier and warplane being destroyed in a ball of fire as a woman's voice threatens that North Korea will stab its missiles into the throat of the carrier (ouch) and the jet will fall from the sky (not cool, North Korea).
The Hollywood-style video comes just days after US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson said that the United States was keeping all options on the table when it came to dealing with North Korea, including a pre-emptive strike.
The New York Times reported that Tillerson recently visited Japan, South Korea and China to discuss North Korea’s nuclear ambitions. “Let me be very clear: The policy of strategic patience has ended. We are exploring a new range of diplomatic, security and economic measures. All options are on the table,” he said.
According to a report in CNN, the video was also thought to be a response to the United States preparing to hold a joint military exercise with South Korea known as Foal Eagle, which is incidentally, also an awesome name for a rock band.
CNN reported that the North Koreans were enraged by these actions, even though the US claimed that the exercise is only aimed at practising manoeuvres, improving security and strengthening ties between the two countries.
Military.com reported that North Korea conducted two nuclear tests and 24 ballistic missile tests in 2016 and of late, the country has been upping its weapons development and violating multiple resolutions by the United Nations Security Council.
On Monday, a spokesman for North Korea's Foreign Ministry slammed Tillerson, Military.com reported. "The nuclear force of (North Korea) is the treasured sword of justice and the most reliable war deterrence to defend the socialist motherland and the life of its people," the official Korean Central News Agency quoted the spokesman as saying.
In early March, Kim Jong-un's office also threatened to reduce the United States to "ashes with its Hwasong rockets tipped with nuclear warheads."
Your move, Donald Trump.
And here is the video in all its glory:
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Updated Date: Mar 23, 2017 11:38:56 IST