North Korea's state television aired chilling footage of the United States being hit by a nuclear bomb in a World War 3 simulation during their Day of the Sun festival. Thousands sat hypnotized in a grand theater while watching massive ballistic missiles crash into a U.S. city, yielding an ear-splitting blast as flames engulf America. The perfectly timed performance ended with the people of North Korea roaring in unison, overwhelmed with emotion as a giant fiery mushroom cloud washed over the United States.
The footage is unnerving considering North Korea's vice-foreign minister told BBC News that Pyongyang would continue to test missiles and would launch a pre-emptive nuclear strike if the country thought the U.S. was planning an attack.
Update 4/23/2017: North Korea has threatened to sink a US aircraft carrier "with a single strike."
Update 4/20/2017: Two U.S. intelligence officials revealed to NBC News that North Korea is in a position to conduct a nuclear test with little or no warning.
"We expect that they are able to do it at any time, without any real warning... They have been engaging in steady preparations."The horrific footage displayed missiles shooting over the Pacific and exploding in a giant ball of fire in the U.S. It ends with a burning U.S. Stars and Stripes flag that is superimposed over rows of white crosses in a cemetery, according to Reuters.
The disturbing musical debuted an entire song about missile launches, the South Korean newswire Yonhap reported. The musical was performed by a uniformed choir and orchestra, in a large theater hall. The performance took place in the capital, Pyongyang.
"It flies as quickly as a flash of lightning to challenge imperialism."The propaganda video was released as tensions between Kim Jong-un's isolated country and the United States continue to mount.
Secretary of State Rex Tillerson said that the U.S. has tried for 20 years to persuade North Korea to abandon its nuclear program, but has failed, according to the New York Times. The Trump administration made clear diplomatic efforts to talk North Korea out of a nuclear confrontation and for North Korea to restrain itself from provocative actions.
"I think it's important to recognize that the political and diplomatic efforts of the past 20 years to bring North Korea to the point of denuclearization have failed."Tillerson warned that America's policy of "strategic patience" with North Korea is over and even said pre-emptive military action is "on the table." That is if the rogue regime continues with their nuclear weapons program and develop it to a level that does require action. Tillerson said this would leave North Korea with significant capabilities that "would represent a true threat."
"Certainly we do not want for things to get to a military conflict. But obviously if North Korea takes actions that threaten the South Korean forces or our own forces then that would be met with an appropriate response… If they elevate the threat of their weapons program to a level that we believe that requires action, that option is on the table."
The performance was attended by the elder Kim's grandson and current dictator, Kim Jong-un. The show marked the birth anniversary of founding father, Kim Il-sung.
State television displayed footage of Kim Jong-un smiling joyfully and waving to North Koreans as the KCNA narrated the event.
"The Dear Supreme Leader waved back to them and congratulated the artistes on their successful performance."The state-run news agency, KCNA, narrated until the end of the elaborate performance and declared,"... All the performers and participants in the military parade broke into enthusiastic cheers of 'hurrah!'"
The U.S. will not stop in its pursuit of ensuring the Korean Peninsula is free of nuclear weapons, Vice President Mike Pence said on Tuesday while visiting Japan, as per Time Magazine.
Vice President Mike Pence On North Korean And U.S. TensionsMike Pence met with Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and other leaders after the Trump administration signaled a more prominent U.S. stance toward North Korea's recent missile tests and threats.
According to Time, Trump sent a stark warning to North Korea noting that their beloved leader, Kim Jong-un, has "gotta behave."
"We will not rest and will not relent until we obtain the objective of a denuclearized Korean Peninsula."Tensions between the two nations intensified during a military parade in Pyongyang on Saturday when the regime displayed what appeared to be new ICBMs.Mike Pence struck a stern tone after arriving at a U.S. naval base from South Korea.
"We appreciate the challenging times in which the people of Japan live with increasing provocations from across the Sea of Japan. We are with you 100 percent."Pence told reporters that President Donald Trump was confident that economic and diplomatic pressure on North Korea will compel the country to cooperate.
"It is our belief by bringing together the family of nations with the diplomatic and economic pressure we have a chance of achieving a freeze on the Korean Peninsula."North Korea has threatened "all-out war" and one day later North Korea's conducted a missile test that failed a few seconds after launch. North Korea has defied the United Nations sanctions by conducting several missile and nuclear tests.
The secretive country also claimed they have developed a missile that is capable of striking the U.S. mainland.
Stephen McDonell of BBC News, who is in Beijing, said the Chinese government is growing increasingly frustrated with North Korea.
According to NBC News, the United States is continuing to take active measures to prepare for the possibility of a nuclear test by North Korea, including the deployment of a special nuclear "sniffer" aircraft, drones, and U-2 spy planes.The aircraft known as a WC 135, "has been deployed on a routine mission to Northeast Asia. These missions are planned well in advance," according to the Air Force.
The U.S. Air Force's special sniffer plane is capable of detecting any evidence of a nuclear explosion.
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