NORTH KOREA’s latest propaganda video shows a US aircraft carrier and fighter jet being blown up as the commentator warns the US against carrying out military action against the communist nation.
The 2.51-minute clip, which was released on Saturday, emerged a day prior to North Korea conducting its latest rocket-engine test.
State media announced the test saying it would help North Korea achieve world-class satellite-launch capability, indicating a new type of rocket engine which could be compatible with an intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM).
Leader Kim Jong Un called the engine test “a new birth ” for the country’s rocket industry.
The video depicts images from its own recent ballistic missile launches as well as US-South Korean military exercises conducted in March.
According to The Telegraph, the warning of: “A knife will be stabbed into the throat of the carrier”, appears over an image of the American aircraft carrier, the USS Carl Vinson, while on fire.
The clip also shows a US fighter jet, the B-1B Bomber, in flames with the line: “The bomber will fall from the sky after getting hit by a hail of fire,” appearing over it.
The release of the propaganda came a day after US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson issued the Trump administration’s starkest warning yet to North Korea, saying a military response would be “on the table” if Pyongyang took action to threaten South Korean and US forces.
“Certainly, we do not want things to get to a military conflict,” he said at a press conference in Seoul, but added, “If they elevate the threat of their weapons program to a level we believe requires action, that option is on the table.”
Tillerson’s warnings come at a time of heightened tensions in the region following North Korea’s repeated missile tests and the death of Kim Jong Nam, the half-brother of the volatile leader.
North Korea responded to Tillerson’s threats insisting it would show “no mercy” and urged the US to rethink their strategy.
“The DPRK’s (Democratic People’s Republic of Korea) revolutionary armed forces show no mercy at all to aggressors who hurt the dignity and sovereignty of the DPRK even a bit,” the official Korean Central News Agency (KCNA) stated on Monday.
“The US and the South Korean puppet forces should cool their heads heated with war hysteria against the north and behave with discretion.”
US President Donald Trump has repeatedly expressed over Twitter his dissatisfaction at North Korea’s increasing provocations and has repeatedly blamed China for not doing enough to rein in the North’s nuclear ambitions.
North Korea is behaving very badly. They have been “playing” the United States for years. China has done little to help!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) March 17, 2017
On Monday, a senior US official told Reuters his administration was considering sweeping sanctions aimed at cutting North Korea off from the global financial system.
The sanctions would be part of a multi-pronged approach of increased economic and diplomatic pressure – especially on Chinese banks and firms that do the most business with North Korea.
This is not the first incendiary piece of propaganda from North Korea clearly aimed at the US amid heightened tensions between the two countries.
In 2013, Pyongyang released a similar video showing a nuclear attack on the White House.
Additional reporting from Reuters