North Korea has just released a video simulating how it can hit Washington DC with a nuclear bomb. This comes after the nation has been slapped with sanctions following its numerous missile and bomb tests recently.
According to a statement issued by the White House earlier this month, the U.S. shall ” continue to impose costs on North Korea until it comes into compliance with its international obligations.” On January 6, the isolated nation had decided to launch a nuclear test. And just a month later, it then followed this up with a launch using ballistic missile technology, which was detected by the U.S. Strategic Command systems.
Following North Korea’s continuous threats too, the U.S. and South Korea have agreed to look into the deployment of the Terminal High-Altitude Area Defense System or THAAD. The THAAD is a ballistic missile defense system that’s got a “globally transportable, rapidly deployable capability to intercept and destroy ballistic missiles inside or outside the atmosphere during its final phase of flight.”
In the recently uploaded video on YouTube, North Korea had created an animated video featuring what seems to be U.S. Western song showing scenes from the 1950 war along with the capture of various U.S. soldiers. It then goes on to show the state’s military power, including its boats, tanks, submarines and fighter jets. Towards the end of the video, a nuclear missile is deployed. And as the missile takes off into the skies, it is shown surging towards the earth’s atmosphere and into Washington D.C. where it denotes. The video then moves to show what appeared to be a burning Capitol building as well as the U.S. flag in flames. (See video below)
According to The New York Times, the subtitles of the video reveal the North Korean message, “The United States must choose! It’s up to you whether the nation called the United States exists on this planet or not.” Moreover, the video also stated, “If the American imperialists provoke us a bit, we will not hesitate to slap them with a pre-emptive nuclear strike.” The video is entitled “Last Chance.”
Earlier this month, the Pentagon said that U.S. and South Korean forces have begun their yearly Key Resolve and Foal Eagle exercises, which is aimed at maintaining South Korea’s preparedness. Moreover, the said exercise also included the participation of Australian, Canadian, French and British troops. A week later, Mr. Jon Min Dok, the Director of the Institute for Disarmament and Peace in North Korea, released a report saying that the said joint military war drills are the “main cause of tension in the Korean peninsula.” Moreover, he also stated in his report that said annual exercises are exactly what is ” driving the situation in the Korean peninsula and the region to the brink of war.”