A screen shows a rocket being launched from a launch pad at the West Sea Satellite Launch Site, at North Korea's satellite control centre in Cholsan county, North Pyongan province. (Photo : Reuters)
Masters of subtly North Korea released yet another propaganda video Friday, this time depicting how the insular nation would wage an invasion on Seoul, and take both South Korean and U.S. hostages.
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The roughly four-minute video, optimistically titled "A Short, Three-Day War," shows off North Korea's collection of artillery and an intimidating hail of rocket fire. The video displays paratroopers dropping into the South Korean capital with ease as they wage an attack while North Korean forces pour across the border in droves.
The footage was once again posted to North Korea's official website, Uriminzokkiri, a regular distributor of news and propaganda from state-run media.
Soundtracked by music apparently lifted from Sonic the Hedgehog and/or Power Rangers, a male narrator details various steps in the invasion, describing how the North will eliminate anything under the U.S. Pacific Command with "powerful weapons of mass destruction," according to The Huffington Post.
"The crack stormtroops will occupy Seoul and other cities and take 150,000 US citizens as hostages," the narrator says.
North Korean paratroopers would fight South Korean troops in the streets of the capital, while 4,000 tanks and another 3,000 armored vehicles raced over the demilitarized zone toward Seoul, the narrator explains.
The video arrives after several other North Korea propaganda videos, including purported depictions of "real" everyday life in America, and portrayals of a New York-like city being swallowed by flames. Pyongyang released video earlier in the week showing Washington, D.C. and the White House being destroyed by a nuclear attack.
Continuing to ratchet up its aggressive rhetoric, North Korea vowed to attack U.S. military bases in Japan and on the Pacific island of Guam if it felt "provoked," the insular nation announced Thursday.
North Korea's threat arrived just one day after the country's young leader Kim Jong Un directed drone attack drills Wednesday on a simulated South Korean target, state-run KCNA news outlet announced. Pyongyang also claimed to have shot down a simulated cruise missile. No one is certain if Pyongyang actually has drones in its possession, but South Korean publication Yonhap News reported last year that the insular country had received U.S. target drones from Syria used in the 70s it was developing into legitimate attack drones.
Pyongyang has made a point in recent months of displaying its military brawn. North Korea's leader Kim Jong Un supervised live artillery drills March 13 near a disputed sea border Pyongyang shares with the South, targeting South Korean islands in the Yellow Sea, state news agency KCNA reported, according to NBC News.
North Korea declared "merciless" retaliation on the South and U.S. March 11, this time for the pair's joint military maneuvers, announcing it was formally ending the 1953 armistice that stopped the Korean War, and "voiding" peace treaties with Seoul. North Korea also cut off its military and Red Cross hotlines with South Korea, officially severing the hotline it shares with South Korea Monday, Seoul confirmed.
Pyongyang announced March 8 that it would attack the U.S. with a preemptive nuclear missile strike that would consume Washington, D.C. in a "sea of fire" in retaliation for allegedly stoking hostility with the U.N. sanctions. North Korea rejected the recently approved fifth round of harsher United Nations Security Council sanctions against the country, claiming they were a fundamentally flawed path toward improving relations in the region.
The U.N. voted unanimously March 7 to approve tougher sanctions against North Korea as punishment for the country's third nuclear missile test launch in February, stoking the ire of North Korea, who described America as a "criminal threatening global peace" just hours before the U.N.'s vote.