The New York Times is reporting that a YouTube video released by the North Korean propaganda mill appears to be threatening nuclear Armageddon on Manhattan.
The video uses clips of Call of Duty Modern Warfare 3 (something publisher Activision is undoubtedly unhappy about), an elevator music version of “We Are The World,” combined with cutting edge 1990s special effects to show the dreams of a sleeping Korean. Said dream involves North Korea’s aspirations to conquer space while also possibly destroying Manhattan, long-held to be the crown jewel of American decadence:
…the video shows an overhead image of New York draped in the American flag. “Meanwhile, I see black smoke rising somewhere in America,” the dreaming man says. “It appears that the headquarters of evil, which has had a habit of using force and unilateralism and committing wars of aggression, is going up in flames it itself has ignited.”
“Just imagine riding in a Korean spaceship. One day, my dream will come true,” the narrator says. “No matter how hard the imperialists try to isolate and stifle us, they will not stop our people’s path toward our final victory of achieving a unified, strong and prosperous Korea.”
It’s unclear if N.Korea is threatening a direct assault or if they are suggesting America will simply collapse under the weight of its own corruption. However, with the recent heightening of tensions over N.Korea’s missile test and a promise of an upcoming nuclear test has lent ominous overtones to the crude video.
Currently, the N.Korean missile program is in its infancy and while they pose a real threat to U.S. allies such as Japan and, of course, South Korea, N.Korea does not appear to have the capability of reaching even Hawaii, much less the American mainland. Last year’s successful missile launch does have certain circles worried that, while technologically primitive, N.Korea is steadily moving in the right direction for intercontinental ballistic missiles.
China allows N.Korea free reign because it keeps S.Korea and their very good friends, the Americans, off of China’s border. If N.Korea continues on its stated path of becoming a nuclear power, China will have to choose between allowing a demonstrably insane dictatorship to have nuclear weapons or letting the United States permanently curtail N.Korea’s ambitions. Neither will be palpable to the fledgling superpower.