Published: Fri, April 21, 2017
U.S. | By Eddie Scott

North Korea propaganda video depicts bombing in U.S. city

Russian Federation dismisses as false a Reuters report that said a government think tank controlled by President Vladimir Putin had developed a plan to swing the 2016 USA presidential election in Trump's favor. U.S.

North Korea has long entertained the ambition of producing a warhead compact enough to ride a missile capable of reaching North America.

Experts point out that China also wants to prevent North Korea from becoming a full-fledged nuclear power - and certainly wants to prevent a war on its southern border that could send millions of refugees flooding into China and potentially risk bringing a USA military presence to China's borders. In February, Kim's military fired a missile that flew 500km (310 miles), drawing rebukes from the United Nations and Trump, who vowed to deal with North Korea "very strongly".

The current leader, Kim Jong-un, has been running the country since the death of his father Kim Jong-il in 2011.

Members of the Korean People's Army clapped as the mock-up video ends with an American flag and crosses burning in flames.

"When the performance was over, all the performers and participants in the military parade broke into enthusiastic cheers of "hurrah!" according to state-run news agency KCNA". Whether Kim Jong-un's military is capable of an effective nuclear strike is open to question.

"In the case of our super-mighty pre-emptive strike being launched, it will completely and immediately wipe out not only USA imperialists' invasion forces in South Korea and its surrounding areas but the United States mainland and reduce them to ashes", the statement read. And a day later it conducted a failed missile test, which drew global condemnation.

A video showed missiles flying towards the United States, before the U.S. flag went up in flames.

North Korea regularly threatens to destroy the United States and amid heightened tension on the Korean peninsula, it has escalated a war of words, warning of full-out nuclear war if Washington takes military action against it.

Secretary of State Rex Tillerson said on Wednesday the United States is looking at ways to bring pressure to bear on North Korea over its nuclear programme, including whether Pyongyang should have been removed from a USA list of state sponsors of terrorism.

North Korean Vice Foreign Minister Han Song-ryol ratcheted up the rhetoric in an interview with the BBC.

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