N. Korea Video Shows Attack on Washington

Your News Companion by Ben Mathis-Lilley
March 19 2013 2:14 PM

New North Korea Propaganda Video Shows Simulated Attack on White House, Capitol

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Screengrab from North Korean propaganda video

A new video out of North Korea shows simulated attacks on Washington, with the White House and the Capitol in an electronic sight's crosshairs in preparation for what looks to be a missile attack. There is even a simulated explosion of the Capitol's dome, although, to be honest, the special effects leave a little to be desired. CNN reports that the video was posted on the YouTube channel of the North Korean government website Uriminzokkiri. It shows lots of soldiers in parades, artillery guns firing missiles, and other standard propaganda fare.

The Washington portion begins at the 2:48 mark, with video’s narrator saying, "The White House has been captured in the view of our long-range missile, and the capital of war is within the range of our atomic bomb,” according to CNN’s translation. Check out the full video below, or if you want to jump straight to the Washington part, click here. This isn’t the first time North Korea uses an attack on the United States as part of its propaganda videos. Last month, North Korea posted a truly baffling video that included a scene of what seemed to be buildings in Manhattan on fire but quickly pulled it after Activision claimed it was listed from its video game Call of Duty.

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