“As the world wakes up to the reality of a heightened crisis with North Korea following its latest nuclear test, the Obama administration finds itself with remarkably few Korea experts at the top of its Asia policy team.”
Meanwhile, North Korea “is using its most aggressive rhetoric toward the United States since Kim Jong-un took power–including a pledge to build up its arsenal and further nuclear testing”— in fact, North Korea’s state media agency proclaimed that North Korea “will have to take a measure stronger than a nuclear test to cope with the hostile forces’ nuclear war moves that have become ever more undisguised.” North Korea also uploaded “a video on YouTube which depicted a U.S. city resembling New York engulfed in flames… The video is shot as a dream sequence, with a man seeing himself on board a North Korean space shuttle launched into orbit by the same type of rocket launched by Pyongyang in December. The picture zooms onto countries below, showing a re-united Korea. It then switches to a U.S. city, with its skyscrapers – including what appears to be the Empire State Building – on fire or in ruins… “Somewhere in the United States, black clouds of smoke are billowing…it seems that the nest of wickedness is ablaze with the fire started by itself,” the caption says. The video ends with the man concluding that his dream will “surely come true.””
As for our ally South Korea, it’s been threatened with “final destruction” by the notorious North Korean regime. North Korea has vowed “to cancel the 1953 cease-fire that ended the Korean War.”
Update: “A new North Korean video portrays President Barack Obama and American troops in flames.” And now, North Korea has announced it plans to launch a “pre-emptive nuclear attack” on the United States.