Foreign and Defense Policy, Asia

Inspired by ‘Gangnam Style,’ North Korea posts YouTube music video showing missile attack on US

Photo Credit: Music Star22/Flickr

Photo Credit: Music Star22/Flickr

Inspired by the international success of South Korean rapper PSY’s YouTube video “Gangnam Style,” the North Korean regime of Kim Jong-un has taken to YouTube with a new music video depicting a North Korean missile attack on the United States. The Guardian reports:

It begins benignly enough, with an image of a sleeping young North Korean man, and a genteel piano version of the US feel-good pop anthem “We Are the World” providing the musical backdrop.

But the YouTube video recently posted by Uriminzokkiri, North Korea’s official website, quickly takes a more sinister turn as the man’s dream continues into the realms of Stalinist fantasy.

Within seconds he is aboard a space shuttle, launched into orbit by the same type of rocket the North successfully launched in December. The shuttle orbits Earth, at one point passing over a jubilant and reunified Korean peninsula, before the focus switches to an unidentified city draped in the Stars and Stripes.

What appear to be missiles rain down on the city, setting fire to high-rise buildings in scenes reminiscent of the 9/11 terrorist attacks on New York.

“Somewhere in the United States, black clouds of smoke are billowing,” the Korean-language caption says. “It seems that the nest of wickedness is ablaze.”

You can see the full video here:

First, who knew North Korea had an official YouTube channel? Second, I was far more impressed with the North Korean take on Disney’s “It’s a Small World.”

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