Here they go again. North Korea has released an online video depicting New York City under an apparent missile attack (set to "We Are the World" no less).
The bizarre three-minute video was released by Uriminzokkiri, which distributes "news" and propaganda from North Korea’s state-run media:
It features a young man in a dream sequence, aboard a North Korean space shuttle launched by the same type of rocket the rogue state tested in December.
A major city, presumably New York, draped in a U.S. flag, is then shown to the tune of “We are the World,” the global charity single recorded in 1985.
Part of the caption reportedly translates as this:
“Somewhere in the United States, black clouds of smoke are billowing. It seems that the nest of wickedness is ablaze with the fire started by itself.”
“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.”
The video concludes with the young man saying his dream will “surely” come true. As of early Tuesday, it had been viewed nearly 40,000 times.
Former U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations John Bolton said the video is a disturbing reminder of what a nuclear-armed North Korea could do.
"We should not delude ourselves by thinking that Pyongyang will ever be negotiated out of that capability," he said of the nation and the threat it poses.
The video is little more than “bluster,” said Doug Bandow, a senior fellow for Cato Institute specializing in foreign policy, and is not a credible threat.
More than anything, he said, the significance is that "they’ve figured out a way to put pictures to the rhetoric" and amplify their threats in a digital age.
Also, he adds, as much as they try to act hard, “The good news here is that while they’re evil, they’re not stupid. They know they would lose.”
They also kind of suck at nuclear weapons.
Pyongyang's two previous tests, in 2006 and 2009, both occurred after it was condemned by the UN for rocket launches. Defiant, they definitely are.
Successful? Another story. The country is as famous for its failed weapons tests as it is for its threats (and awful North Korea cannibalism stories).
Sorry, Kim Jong Un. You may be the Sexiest Man Alive, but no one thinks you're serious when it comes to the ability or desire to launch a nuke.
Crazy and shrouded in a cult of personality, sure. But not serious.