North Korean video depicts nuclear strike on Washington

AFP-JIJI

North Korea released a new propaganda video Saturday menacingly titled “Last Chance,” showing a submarine-launched nuclear missile laying waste to Washington and concluding with the U.S. flag in flames.

The four-minute video romps through the history of U.S.-Korean relations and ends with a digitally manipulated sequence showing a missile surging through clouds, swerving back to Earth and slamming into the road in front of Washington’s Lincoln Memorial.

The U.S. Capitol building explodes in the impact, and a message flashes up on the screen in Korean: “If U.S. imperialists budge an inch toward us, we will immediately hit them with nuclear (weapons).”

The video was published on the North’s propaganda website DPRK Today and shows images from the Korean War, the capture of U.S. spy ship Pueblo in 1968 and the first crisis over North Korea’s nuclear program in the early 1990s.

Pyongyang has upped the rhetorical ante in recent weeks, with near-daily threats of nuclear and conventional strikes against the South and the U.S. mainland in response to large-scale South-U.S. war games.

The threats have turned increasingly personal, and North Korea leader Kim Jong Un on Friday watched a live-fire long-range artillery drill simulating a strike on the official residence of his South Korean counterpart.

Tensions between the two Koreas been on the rise since Pyongyang carried out its fourth nuclear test in January and then a month later launched a satellite on a rocket in what was widely seen as a disguised ballistic missile test.

North Korea has been pushing to acquire submarine-launched ballistic missile (SLBM) capability, which would take its nuclear strike threat to a new level, allowing deployment far beyond the Korean Peninsula and the potential to retaliate in the event of a nuclear attack.

The North has conducted a number of what it says were successful tests of a SLBM.

But experts have questioned the veracity of those tests, suggesting Pyongyang had gone little further than a “pop-up” test from a submerged platform.