After aiming its weapons at the U.S. capital, North Korea’s propaganda is now presenting the destruction of military targets, U.S. fighter jets and supercarriers.
A video released by the state-controlled website DPRK Today Sunday opens with images of President Donald Trump giving a speech on the occasion of the U.S. Air Force's 70th Anniversary at Joint Base Andrews, with ominous music playing in the background and text branding Trump a “madman.”
The video then moves on to show ground-launched and submarine-launched North Korean missiles targeting the U.S. F-35 and B-1B aircrafts as well as the USS Carl Vinson, a nuclear-powered flattop.
Doctored images show both the jets and the vessel going up in flames, as well as the burning of an American flag on the backdrop of white crosses typical of American cemeteries.
"Should F-35, B-1B and the Carl Vinson lead the U.S. attack, they will head to the grave in that order," the subtitles read, translated by the South Korean news agency Yonhap.
The latest release of propaganda images came a few hours after the U.S. flew B-1B Lancer bombers from the airbase in the U.S. island of Guam, along with F-15C Eagle fighter escorts from Japan, into international airspace over waters east of North Korea in a show of force.
The U.S. Department of Defense said it was the furthest north of the Demilitarized Zone (DMZ) U.S. fighter of bomber aircraft have flown off the North Korean coast this century. This showed “the seriousness with which we take DPRK’s reckless behavior,” the Pentagon said in a statement, referring to North Korea with its official name, Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK).
“This mission is a demonstration of U.S. resolve and a clear message that the President has many military options to defeat any threat,” the statement added.
Tensions between the U.S. and North Korea continue to flare as the North Korean and the American leaders exchanged insults and threats over the past week.
Speaking at the U.N. General Assembly Saturday, North Korea foreign minister Ri Yong Ho warned that Trump’s labeling of Kim Jong Un as “rocket man” made “our rockets’ visit to the entire U.S. mainland inevitable.” Trump reacted on Twitter saying that if Ri echoed “the thoughts of Little Rocket Man, they won't be around much longer!”
The North Korean state-controlled media have been using Trump’s aggressive rhetoric to undermine his position as a world leader and justify Pyongyang’s pursuit of nuclear weapons.
An article published by the state-run KCNA news agency Monday quoted Ri Chang Yong, head of a department of Pyongyang University of Foreign Studies, calling Trump “not a politician but a villain.” The article then concluded: “The DPRK, possessed of the strongest nuclear weapons and military hardware, will surely and mercilessly exterminate those Trump-led war maniacs.”