North Korea, in a hilariously absurd act of chest pounding fury, has released a four-minute propaganda clip depicting the White House under attack. Entitled, "Firestorms Will Rain on the Headquarters of War," the video is yet another example of the disturbing — and seemingly inexplicable — rhetoric that's suddenly pouring out of Pyongyang.
The video was uploaded to North Korea's YouTube channel on Tuesday. Just before the 3:00 mark, the video shows the White House caught in a crosshair, along with (poorly) imagined explosions at the Capitol building and an apparent U.S. aircraft carrier.
The video also showcases an array of different weapons that we're to assume are at North Korea's disposal, including artillery guns and large missiles on display at military parades.
And according to CNN, the voiceover announces that the "capital of war "is within range of its atomic bomb."
It's not entirely clear what North Korea hopes to achieve with such a video, though it recently declared its interest in a "preemptive" nuclear strike against the United States. And yesterday's cyberattack on South Korea had Pyongyang written all over it.
One possibility is that this eye-rollingly awful sabre rattling is like a toddler throwing a temper tantrum; it's a way to get attention. North Korea has used scare tactics before to get what it wants. Given the deplorable conditions in the country right now, and the ongoing sanctions set against it, this seems entirely plausible.
Moreover, it's not clear if this video has been shown to North Korean citizens. This might be something that's strictly meant to garner international attention.