In a new propaganda video, North Korea threatens a nuclear strike against Washington, D.C. North Korea is known for making over-the-top threats against both the United States and South Korea, but this newest threat is accompanied by a video:
From USA Today:
North Korea fired a projectile believed to be a short-range missile Tuesday, the nation’s latest rebuke of sanctions and military exercises being conducted by the United States and South Korea.
The launch comes amid increasing tensions with Pyongyang over repeated missile tests, a nuclear test and a long-range rocket launch this year. The moves prompted new sanctions by the U.S., the United Nations and South Korea.
President Obama has schedule a meeting Thursday in Washington with South Korean President Park Geun-Hyewith and Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe to discuss North Korea’s ramped-up threats.
In Tuesday’s incident, the projectile was fired from the coastal city of Wonsan and traveled more than 120 miles before hitting land, South Korea’s Yonhap news agencyreported, citing the South Korean Joint Chiefs of Staff.
“Given the trajectory and distance traveled, the military suspects the projectile might be North Korea’s new multiple rocket launcher system,” Yonhap reported. Pyongyang recently claimed the system provide the capability to destroy the presidential palace in Seoul “at a moment’s notice.”
Reuters, citing military officials, reported that the projectile appeared to me a short-range missile.
The State Department said it was aware of the reports.
“North Korea should refrain from actions and rhetoric that raise tensions in the region and comply with its international obligations and commitments,” Katina Adams, a spokeswoman in the State Department’s East Asian and Pacific Affairs bureau, told Reuters.
On Saturday, North Korea released a propaganda video called “Last Chance” that depicts a nuclear strike on Washington.
The video was posted to the YouTube channel of D.P.R.K. Today, a North Korean website, and includes a catalog of “humiliating defeats” the U.S. has faced at the hands of North Korea, including capture of the USS Pueblo in 1968.
On March 21, North Korea fired five short-range ballistic missiles from a site near the northeastern city of Hamhung. The missiles flew about 125 miles before landing in waters off North Korea’s east coast, the Korean military and the Pentagon said.
The launches were an apparent rebuke of the most recent sanctions and joint military exercises underway between the United States and South Korea. The sanctions were issued in response to a nuclear test conducted by the North in January.
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