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N. Korea issues video with White House in crosshairs
Stars and Stripes ^ | 3/20/2013 | Jon Rabiroff

Posted on 03/20/2013 3:16:36 AM PDT by markomalley

SEOUL — North Korea has posted its most provocative propaganda video to date, showing the White House in its crosshairs and the Capitol Dome exploding.

Meanwhile, for the second time this week, the presence of an impressive piece of U.S. military might on the Korean peninsula was noted in media reports here — the USS Cheyenne, a nuclear attack submarine.

The two developments underscore how the two countries approach their contentious relationship, with North Korea issuing bellicose bluster in the wake of its third nuclear weapons test and first successful long-range rocket launch, while the U.S. responds with calls for calm even as it ramps up its military capabilities in the region.

Since the United Nations decided to impose new sanctions on North Korea, Pyongyang has unleashed a flurry of threats, including a vow to turn Washington, D.C., and Seoul into a “sea of fire,” and a bizarre video in which an American city burns as an instrumental version of the 1980s song “We Are the World” plays in the background.

This week, Uriminzokkiri — a North Korea propaganda outlet based in China — posted a four-minute video online showing North soldiers and firepower, then the White House in crosshairs and the Capitol Dome exploding, courtesy of a North Korean missile.

An impassioned voiceover boasts that North Korea is now a “nuclear and space power” and warns “American imperialists” not to miscalculate its resolve.

“The White House is now in the sights of a long-range missile,” the video said. “The stronghold of war is within striking distance of an atomic bomb.

“We predict a permanent collapse of American imperialism,” the narrator says.

However, despite North Korea’s recent technological advancements, Washington would appear to still be well beyond its reach. Its three-stage rocket didn’t travel far enough to suggest it could reach the U.S. West Coast, and while its latest nuclear blast was its most powerful yet, there have been no indications that Pyongyang has been able to produce a bomb small enough to fit in a warhead or sturdy enough to survive the stresses of a launch.

Still, a country that has a long history of brinksmanship to gain aid and concessions is clearly trading on its successes. In recent weeks, North Korea has declared that it no longer recognizes the armistice that effectively ended the Korean War, and has once again labeled the joint U.S.-South Korean military exercises now under way on the peninsula as preparations for an attack.

U.S. officials have consistently insisted the annual Foal Eagle and Key Resolve war games are defensive in nature.

Nevertheless, the Pentagon recently announced American missile defense systems in South Korea, Japan and Alaska will be beefed up because of the continuing danger North Korea represents.

This week, nuclear-capable B-52 bombers were brought into South Korea to participate in the ongoing exercises, and reports indicate that the nuclear attack submarine was, too.

Earlier this month, a Korean newspaper, the JoonAng Ilbo, quoted a “high-ranking South Korean government official” as saying unspecified American vessels equipped with nuclear weapons will stay behind in waters off the peninsula after the exercises end to enable the U.S. to respond quickly if the North were to carry out its threats.

Speaking in general terms earlier this week, U.S. Deputy Secretary of Defense Ashton Carter told reporters in Seoul, “We remain steadfast to our commitment to the extended deterrence offered by the U.S. nuclear umbrella, and we will ensure that all of its capabilities remain available to the alliance.”

U.S. military officials here would not confirm or deny the report that nuclear-armed American vessels would remain in South Korean waters in the weeks ahead.

“As a matter of operational security, we don’t discuss the future operations, deployments or plans for our submarines,” a U.S. Navy spokesman said.

A U.S. Forces Korea spokeswoman added that no matter what, if any, changes are made in the deployment of any American assets, “The U.S.-(South Korea) alliance maintains the capabilities to deter, defend against and respond to the threat posed by North Korea.”


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1 posted on 03/20/2013 3:16:36 AM PDT by markomalley
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To: markomalley

Those North Koreans better be careful or they’re going to get a visit from the Secret Service!


2 posted on 03/20/2013 3:25:53 AM PDT by Ken522
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To: Ken522
Uh, Mr Un, can we have a word with you?


3 posted on 03/20/2013 4:06:45 AM PDT by carriage_hill (The Greatest Power The Corrupt, Criminal US Media Has, Is The Power To Ignore The Truth.)
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To: markomalley
At the rate he's going, Kim Jong Fat Boy will be the cause of Norkville turning into a steaming pile of radioactive goo.
4 posted on 03/20/2013 4:15:32 AM PDT by JPG (Stay strong.)
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To: JPG

Unfortunately the threat within is way worse than what these goofs could do on a good day.


5 posted on 03/20/2013 4:32:14 AM PDT by Gasshog (Welcome to the United States of Stupidos!)
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To: markomalley

Why doesn’t Satan I mean Obama just call up Kim Jung dung ding dong and say “He come on brother, you guys gotta give me more time! I’m doing everything I can to turn things commie and destroy the citizens.”


6 posted on 03/20/2013 4:42:37 AM PDT by GrandJediMasterYoda (Someday our schools will teach the difference between "lose" and "loose")
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To: markomalley

Beneath the video on YouTube, there is a comment in Spanish which basically says, “Evil gringos. North Korea, we hope you eliminate all of them, we’re with you.”


7 posted on 03/20/2013 4:45:07 AM PDT by Rocky (Obama is pure evil.)
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To: markomalley
These idiots don't realize that he's on their side!


8 posted on 03/20/2013 4:45:38 AM PDT by Bon mots (Abu Ghraib: 47 Times on the front page of the NY Times | Benghazi: 2 Times)
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To: markomalley
The left flips out when Sarah Palin mentions “targeting constituencies” for a campain. Goes silent when Norks actually target our nation for nuclear annihilation.
9 posted on 03/20/2013 4:46:56 AM PDT by Caipirabob (Communists... Socialists... Democrats...Traitors... Who can tell the difference?)
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To: carriage_hill

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10 posted on 03/20/2013 5:11:40 AM PDT by carriage_hill (The Most Insidious Power The Corrupt, Criminal Media Has, Is The Power To Ignore The Truth.)
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To: Bon mots

Yeah. Stupid of them. Obama is their best friend in the US.


11 posted on 03/20/2013 5:29:44 AM PDT by Little Ray (Waiting for the return of the Gods of the Copybook Headings.)
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To: markomalley

Olympus has fallen???


12 posted on 03/20/2013 6:10:12 AM PDT by stevie_d_64 (It's not the color of one's skin that offends people...it's how thin it is.)
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To: markomalley

BTW, this is a classic case of a spoiled and petulent child who is now the leader in that country...

They need to be treated as such, even with their possible nuke threat...


13 posted on 03/20/2013 6:12:55 AM PDT by stevie_d_64 (It's not the color of one's skin that offends people...it's how thin it is.)
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To: markomalley
I wish Raytheon marketing would stop posting these videos.

It's bad enough they keep sending Ahmadinejad all those flowers.

14 posted on 03/20/2013 7:16:15 AM PDT by Lonesome in Massachussets (What word begins with "O" and ends in economic collapse?)
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To: Rocky
“Evil gringos. North Korea, we hope you eliminate all of them, we’re with you.”

Then who is going to pay for your EBT cards, Medicaide, EITC, etc? Look what happens when Hispanics run a country. Name one Latin American country that isn't a basket case. If Argentina had Texas' peoples, it would be richer than Kuwait. If Venezuela had them, they'd have to build a moat around it to keep the Gringos out.

15 posted on 03/20/2013 7:21:12 AM PDT by Lonesome in Massachussets (What word begins with "O" and ends in economic collapse?)
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