North Korea Video Depicts Missile Attack on NYC

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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.

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This is some fucked up repugnant shit. I follow NK in the news, and have watched all things North Korean. I honestly thought (as many did) that Jon-Un would make changes for the better. Not draatic changes! He's still a juche believing dictatorC afterall. However, even if showboating, it's getting worse. I mean, you've got to be pretty bad when you're pissing off China, their one ally. Imagine how worse it will get for their people if China withdraws their aid. Then I think of the threat to OUR people (and other near-by enemies of NK). North Korea so far isn't any good at their nuclear program. But what if they get good? This is troubling. I really thought Jong-Un, who grew up with schooling abroad, would not be so delusional and bat shit crazy. What's your end game, son? Blow the US, Japan off the map and force South Korea to be under your rule (or blow them off the map)? Your people will still starve, and your economy and electric power will still be gravely insufficient. SMH.

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@ Kats

Having just watched the video, my feelings that propelled my rant below has now been converted into amusement. The kind of facepalm amusement where I am legitimately embarrassed for NK. That was hilariously ridiculous. Pathetic to the core.

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This delusional video is a case study on paranoid psychosis -- afflicting an entire nation.
No, the North Koreans are not scary; they are pathetic. And they will need more than good nourishment to see the world straight.