Nuclear bomb over Washington: North Korea releases a new propaganda video

By Daniele Pestilli on March 27, 2016
Screenshot from a YouTube video posted by the D.P.R.K. showing a bomb striking Washington

If the American imperialists provoke us a bit, we will not hesitate to slap them with a pre-emptive nuclear strike […] The United States must choose! It’s up to you whether the nation called the United States exists on this planet or not.

These are the words used in the latest North Korean four-minute propaganda video released on the D.P.R.K.'s YouTube channel yesterday.

The short video entitled Last Chance reminds America of some of its “humiliating defeats” at the hands of North Korean leaders including images from the Korean War wherein some 55,000 American troops were killed, the 1968 capture of an American spy ship and the 1994 take-down of a U.S. aircraft. At the end of the footage, it uses computer generated images to depict an intercontinental ballistic missile flying across the world and striking Washington near the Lincoln Memorial. A mushroom cloud ensues, alluding to the nuclear threat North Korea poses. Superimposed is a burning American flag.

This propaganda video follows new sanctions imposed by the United Nations on March 2nd this year. A 15-member Council approved a resolution that calls for inspection of all cargo flowing from and into North Korea, as well as banning weapons trade and expanding the list of people facing punitive action. It requires countries to oust North Korean diplomats accused of illicit activities. Furthermore, this resolution calls for an increase in banned cargo, with luxury watches, Jet Skis and snowmobiles also being blacklisted as items that the North Korean elite can leverage in return for personal favors.

It also follows the largest ever joint U.S.-South Korean military drill which started March 12th this year and is set to last eight weeks. While these are yearly drills which have essentially taken place since the Korean Armistice Agreement of 1953, this particular one will involve 300,000 South Korean and at least 17,000 U.S. troops, with the addition of some Australian and New Zealand troops as well. According to the U.S. Forces Korea webpage this mission is “to deter aggression and if necessary, defend the Republic of Korea (ROK) to maintain stability in Northeast Asia.”

North Korea, irate at what it views as a yearly threat from its neighbor to the South, also demanded an official apology from South Korean President Park Geun-hye for “treason” according to Vice News, and has warned that it is prepared to attack Seoul's presidential palace otherwise. North and South Korea are technically still at war despite the 63-year-old Armistice Agreement.

These video threats from Pyongyang are nothing new. As shown on the New York Times, a video in February 2013 shows President Obama and U.S. troops in flames while another imagines a better world without Manhattan.