YouTube A screenshot of North Korea's latest propaganda video, featuring photos of American troops superimposed into flames. February, 2013.
The video, uploaded on North Korea’s official website for state news and propaganda, Uriminzokkiri, is not the first time anti-American sentiments have been depicted by the reclusive country in a very graphic format. Two weeks ago, North Korean propaganda forces released a bizarre dream-sequence video of New York City set ablaze after an apparent missile attack, set to the tune of ‘We Are The World’. This time around, the video was set to a more sinister soundtrack.
The first low-budget, cheesy video may not have seemed like a warning, but the threat of nuclear attack soon became more realistic. The following week, North Korea announced the success of its third nuclear test. The hermit nation used “a smaller and light device,” which implies developments that may allow North Koreans to create a warhead small enough to fit on a ballistic missile.
According to Sky News, translations of the Korean-language text on the newest video explains that the most recent nuclear test, on February 12, was a reaction to American hostility.
“The North’s high-level nuclear test aimed at U.S. invaders, is the nuclear deterrent to safeguard our sovereignty,” the caption read. “The U.S. practically guided the North towards conducting the nuclear test,” it added.
The video included several photos of American troops in unidentified locations followed by a video clip of Obama. The original footage of Obama has been pointed by several media sources to be from his most recent State of the Union address with superimposed flames surrounding him.
The video ends with a digitized video sequence of what appears to be a nuclear bomb being detonated in an underground location, along with the ominous final message, “The whole world is now watching. The U.S. must answer now.”
The previous video was soon removed from Uriminzokkiri after copyright infringement claims from California-based Activision, because images of New York used in the video were taken from its video game Call of Duty.