After marking the birthday of founding father Kim Il-sung with a massive military parade in the capital city of Pyongyang, North Korean leader Kim Jong-un staged a musical display which culminated in a simulated nuclear attack on American soil.
As the film showed rockets destroying the United States, the “dear leader” smiled and waved to cheering crowds.
The film reportedly showed footage of Kim’s test-firing of a missile in February. That missile was shown joining other missiles shooting into the sky and over the Pacific Ocean, then destroying the United States in a massive fireball and ending with a photo of the American flag in flames, overlapping rows of white crosses in a cemetery.
“When the performance was over, all the performers and participants in the military parade broke into enthusiastic cheers of ‘Hurrah!'” said the state-run KCNA news agency. “The dear supreme leader waved back to them and congratulated the artistes on their successful performance.”
In February, North Korea boasted that it had successfully tested a new type of medium- to long- range ballistic missile called the Pukguksong-2, which is reported to be propelled by a solid-fuel engine. Such weapons were displayed during the communist dictatorship’s military parade on Saturday.
The next day, the nation conducted another missile test, which blew up just after launching.
North Korea now warns that if Washington takes military action against it, it is prepared to start an all-out nuclear war.
Currently touring Asia with his family, U.S. Vice President Mike Pence warned Pyongyang that the “era of strategic patience” with North Korea is over and that any attack will be met with an “overwhelming response.”
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