North Korea video portrays U.S. destroyed in missile barrage
- Author: Leroy Wright Apr 21, 2017,
Apr 21, 2017, 3:00
Trump told the Wall Street Journal that Chinese President Xi Jinping provided that version of history, infuriating Seoul.
North Korea has a long history of portraying mock violence against the United States in propaganda videos. President Donald Trump's claims that it had been heading to the Korean peninsula were initially dismissed, then later confirmed. Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi this month urged both sides to make conciliatory gestures as a way to revive talks.
That's not all, North Korea also regularly threatens Japan.
Stability. China's ruling Communist Party wants to avoid any actions that could bring catastrophic nuclear war to its doorstep, send refugees flooding over the border or loosen its own grip on power - a prospect more likely in a devastating military conflict. Whether Kim Jong-un's military is capable of an effective nuclear strike is open to question.
But the Trump administration has made it clear this policy is now over, and has not ruled out military action.
"Whether that is true or not, Korea hasn't been a part of China for thousands of years and it is an historical fact that the global community acknowledges and no one can deny it", a foreign ministry official said on the condition of anonymity.
The video was displayed during a military concert celebrating North Korea's late founding father..
Hopefully Kim's threats continue to be empty.
North Korean Vice Foreign Minister Han Song-ryol ratcheted up the rhetoric in an interview with the BBC.
While many details about North Korea's nuclear missile technology are likely not publically available, Mann may have likely been referring to the often-cited North Korea's Taepodong 2 long-range missile.
North Korean fury at Washington was rising well before Trump took office, in particular over reports that annual U.S.
North Korea's isolated totalitarian regime marked the birthday of founder Kim Il Song over the weekend with a massive military parade and an attempted missile launch, but the spectacle wouldn't have been complete without a new animated video portraying a fiery end to the United States.
USA officials have long speculated that North Korea could soon stage another nuclear test or carry on with missile tests.
The North threatened a "super-mighty preemptive strike" Thursday, warning that it could "wipe out" US forces, as well as turn USA bases and the continental US into a "pile of ashes".
"In the case of our super-mighty preemptive strike being launched, it will completely and immediately wipe out not only U.S. imperialists' invasion forces in South Korea and its surrounding areas but the United States mainland and reduce them to ashes", the newspaper said.
Pyongyang's unpredictable nature has been a cause for concern for the US.
Pence is on a 10-day Asia-Pacific tour that has been dominated by the North Korea issue.
He said the country should have been dealt with by President Obama and "previous presidents all the way back to Clinton". Kim must also consider the fate of Libyan leader Moammar Al-Qaddafi, who abandoned his weapons of mass destruction in 2003 only to be toppled and killed in a USA -backed uprising less than a decade later.