Is this North Korea’s attempt at meme warfare? If so, it’s not working. A dramatic new propaganda film out of the land of Kim Jong Un appears to show America collapsing under the might of the Democratic People’s Republic. The video opens with a glimpse of North Korea’s sizable army standing in formation before giving way to a montage of missile installations preparing to fire. We’re then treated to an intense musical track as crosshairs are superimposed over spliced images of the White House and several U.S. aircraft carriers. As the rousing music picks up intensity, the video shows off a simulation of armed conflict between North Korea and the United States, including one segment that appears to show a line of tanks firing laser guns straight out of Star Wars. At the end of the clip, North Korea emerged victorious (spoiler alert) after launching an awe-inspiring missile salvo at the United States Capitol Building that blows it to smithereens. “A knife will be stabbed into the throat of the carrier,” a female narrator says at one point in the video, “while the bomber will fall from the sky after getting hit by a hail of fire.”
It’s not a party in North Korea without some good old anti-American war propaganda! North Korean dictator Kim Jong Un commemorated his late grandfather’s birthday by presiding over a movie screening of a simulated nuclear missile attack on a major American city. Disturbing footage from the cultish celebration shows Kim Jong Un waving to a crowd of uniformed citizens as they lavish the portly despot with uninterrupted applause. The clip then cuts to a singer leading a full orchestra as a virtual missile launches behind him. As the crowd continues to go nuts and the music turns particularly epic, the warhead travels across the Pacific Ocean before crashing into North America, resulting in an enormous explosion that gives way to a burning vision of the American flag. It was a bold move by North Korea at a time when tensions between Washington D.C. and Pyongyang continue to mount. On Wednesday, Vice President Mike Pence promised that the Trump administration would mount an “overwhelming and effective” retaliation if North Korea were to use any conventional or nuclear weapons.