Video: North Korea’s burning love for US and Obama

posted at 5:21 pm on February 20, 2013 by Ed Morrissey

Just kidding, Pyongyang!  Your subtlety in your latest propaganda video doesn’t quite mask your rage at the US for having electricity that can actually light up our communities at night and an economy that can feed our people.  Or was this from Pyongyang at all?

Here’s the text of the video, translated by NKNews:

North Korea has succeeded in proceeding with this nuclear test despite the United States’ increasingly unfair bully activities against North Korea. That United States that has no respect to others nor appreciation to equality…

It is not incorrect to state that the United States strong hostility policy and endless violence toward North Korea in the past 70 years has helped North Korea become one of the world’s strongest military power states.

Words spoken by the United States, a country that uses the law of jungle as the law of survival for fitness, is meaningless. As a result, North Korea’s high level nuclear test conducted against American imperialist invaders is a nuclear deterrent that protects our sovereignty.

Thus, the United States has practically guided North Korea towards nuclear testing and therefore needs to be considered as an American virtue.

North Korea’s third underground nuclear test! Let it be known once more that this is strictly our practical counter-measure for North’s safety and to protect its sovereignty from the aggressors. It is also a solemn warning that time is no longer on the side of the United States.

The people are watching. America should answer.

That doesn’t quite match up with the imagery, which doesn’t show America “guiding” the DPRK to nuclear status, nor waiting for an American answer.  It rather bluntly imagines an America in flames, which would be an odd “practical countermeasure,” no matter what the producers of the remade Red Dawn imagine.

However, one analyst quoted by the Washington Post wonders whether these are coming from north of the 38th Parallel, or south of it:

The piece, which was likely made by South Korean sympathizers in conjunction with their Northern pals, is designed to encourage pro-North groups in the South and stoke the flames of anti-U.S. sentiment in broader South Korean society. As such, it is in line with North Korea’s long-cherished aim of getting the U.S. to withdraw from South Korea (I freely admit it is not a tremendously effective step in that direction, but that is by the by) as part of the move toward unification under North Korean rule. Remember that Rodong Sinmun article saying that North Korea was headed all the way to the South Sea under the wise rule of the supreme commander? Same thing, different day.

Max Fischer warns readers not to underestimate the power of Korean nationalism on both sides of the border:

This goal is indeed outlandish, but it’s worth remembering that, just a decade ago, anti-American protests were common on South Korea. That doesn’t mean those protesters want to submit to Kim’s rule, but it does give you a glimpse of that Korean nationalism, the extreme fringes of which this video might speak to.

I believe those protests mainly arose during the Iraq War, which prompted a politically safe moment for venting anti-American sentiment.  I’m not sure that this is a big issue in the South any longer — but it is something to keep in mind.  While many in the North don’t want to live as slaves to the Kim regime, not everyone in the South shares their sentiments.

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send back all bright

rob verdi on February 20, 2013 at 5:22 PM

If a drone is needed anywhere, it is in NK.

can_con on February 20, 2013 at 5:26 PM

Derusional.

fogw on February 20, 2013 at 5:27 PM

I happen to be able to read North Korean and those translators are full of it. It’s just a Burger King ad for flame broiled burgers. I don’t blame them. BK’s market share in the US has been steadily declining and it makes sense to diversify and try new markets. I’m sure it’ll be as successful as all the other things they’ve tried.

rihar on February 20, 2013 at 5:36 PM

Tough kimchi.

a capella on February 20, 2013 at 5:38 PM

The people are watching. America should answer.

what was the question again?

DanMan on February 20, 2013 at 5:38 PM

Kim Jong Un was so ronery he couldn’t manage to write his own symphony so he stole it from the video game “Oblivion”

WitchDoctor on February 20, 2013 at 5:42 PM

America should answer.

Yeah? Well that’s also what Chris Stevens thought when he called.

Doesn’t always work that way.

eyesky on February 20, 2013 at 5:42 PM

Oppan Gangnam Style!

Greek Fire on February 20, 2013 at 5:43 PM

Time for,

************Team America F**K YA ******************************!!
(sarc)

canopfor on February 20, 2013 at 5:43 PM

America should answer.

It’s time to answer with a tactical nuclear weapon strike that wipes out its conventional forces within striking range of S. Korea, followed by air bombardment of the NK leadership. Between its barbaric concentration camps and widespread starvation, millions die every 5 to 10 years. Any losses incurred in an attack will be more than saved over the next decade.

bayam on February 20, 2013 at 5:49 PM

The next Missile test,should have a group of Aegis
Destroyers in position to shoot down,the NK/Iranian
ICBM Test!

canopfor on February 20, 2013 at 5:50 PM

I’ve got a three-step program for this…

1) Have a bronze plaque made with the text of that release.

2) Nuke N. Korea down to bedrock.

3) Drop plaque on the rubble.

In a couple thousand years, when it’s marginally safe to go in there, whoever it is can look at the plaque.

trigon on February 20, 2013 at 5:57 PM

I am amazed that people living off of tree bark have the energy to produce anything in N Korea.

Odie1941 on February 20, 2013 at 6:00 PM

Speaking of movies,Behind Enemy Lines II,is based on taking
out a North Korean Nuke tipped Missile!!

Behind Enemy Lines II: Axis of Evil TRAILER

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Hq8DGAgwFJI

canopfor on February 20, 2013 at 6:01 PM

To save you all some time, I will say that Behind Enemy Lines II is about what you would think it is. I will let it go at that so you can enjoy whatever you bring to it :)

WitchDoctor on February 20, 2013 at 6:05 PM

America should answer.

It’s time to answer with a tactical nuclear weapon strike that wipes out its conventional forces within striking range of S. Korea, followed by air bombardment of the NK leadership. Between its barbaric concentration camps and widespread starvation, millions die every 5 to 10 years. Any losses incurred in an attack will be more than saved over the next decade.

bayam on February 20, 2013 at 5:49 PM

lol, the chances of a Democrat President, especially this one, launching such a strike are about as good as your chances of winning the Nobel Memorial Award in Economics.

Del Dolemonte on February 20, 2013 at 6:24 PM

It’s time to answer with a tactical nuclear weapon strike that wipes out its conventional forces within striking range of S. Korea, followed by air bombardment of the NK leadership. Between its barbaric concentration camps and widespread starvation, millions die every 5 to 10 years. Any losses incurred in an attack will be more than saved over the next decade.

bayam on February 20, 2013 at 5:49 PM

Best part is we won’t have to stay. South is more than happy to do the rebuilding. Small caveat is they don’t want to have to rebuild Seoul as well.

lester on February 20, 2013 at 6:36 PM

Reuters Top News ‏@Reuters

Spy agencies scrounge for details on North Korean nuclear test http://reut.rs/XlLCBj
======================

WASHINGTON/SEOUL | Wed Feb 20, 2013 5:44pm EST

(Reuters) – U.S. and allied spy agencies have found no traces of telltale nuclear-related particles from North Korea’s February 12 nuclear bomb test, leaving unresolved basic questions about the device’s design, according to officials in the United States, Europe and South Korea.
(More…)
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http://www.reuters.com/article/2013/02/20/us-korea-north-nuclear-usa-idUSBRE91J1CY20130220

canopfor on February 20, 2013 at 7:08 PM

It’s time to answer with a tactical nuclear weapon strike that wipes out its conventional forces within striking range of S. Korea, followed by air bombardment of the NK leadership. Between its barbaric concentration camps and widespread starvation, millions die every 5 to 10 years. Any losses incurred in an attack will be more than saved over the next decade.

bayam on February 20, 2013 at 5:49 PM

Ooooh! You leftoid drones are so-o-o cute when you get all warlike…’n’ stuff.

Solaratov on February 20, 2013 at 7:45 PM

There’s something hilarious here. How great is it that they would choose to use music from a popular American fantasy video game (Oblivion) to promote their incredibly ridiculous anti-American fantasy video? That would be like someone making anti-Japanese propaganda using Kabuki theater.
Even in their most rabidly anti-USA, they can’t help but recognize our awesomeness.

Komsomoletz on February 20, 2013 at 8:33 PM

It’s time to answer with a tactical nuclear weapon strike that wipes out its conventional forces within striking range of S. Korea, followed by air bombardment of the NK leadership. Between its barbaric concentration camps and widespread starvation, millions die every 5 to 10 years. Any losses incurred in an attack will be more than saved over the next decade.

bayam on February 20, 2013 at 5:49 PM

Best part is we won’t have to stay. South is more than happy to do the rebuilding. Small caveat is they don’t want to have to rebuild Seoul as well.

lester on February 20, 2013 at 6:36 PM

someone facesitting?

KOOLAID2 on February 20, 2013 at 8:37 PM

someone facesitting?

KOOLAID2 on February 20, 2013 at 8:37 PM

Don’t worry. They’re for it before they’ll be against it.

trigon on February 20, 2013 at 9:16 PM

By now I suspect China is regretting coming to Kim il Sung’s rescue in 1951.

Big Kim was at least comprehensible; his goal was a Communist Korea from the Yalu to Pusan, with him lording it over everybody else. Mao had no problem with that.

Kim Jong-il, aka Lil’ Kim, was only marginally stable, but still semi-controllable. He dreamed of burying Big Kim in Seoul, the traditional “heart” of the country, even if he had to make rubble out of it first. Meanwhile, he was content to rule as a sort of demented Elvis; weird, but at least predictable, in the “King of Id” sense. Yes, I could see him dehorning cows to increase egg production, or burning down all the chicken coops in the country when the cows went dry. Of course, since PRNK has neither cows nor chickens to speak of, he wouldn’t have either problem to cope with.

From China’s POV, he fell into the “stupid, deranged, but fundamentally harmless to us” category. And the old men in the Forbidden City don’t give a wet slap about anyone but themselves in their own country, so they’re not likely to care about starving people in North Korea. At least not until they come north looking for jobs and food.

But now, they have Kim Jong-un, aka Mini-Kim, to deal with. Who, having grown up in his father’s house, and with tales of his illustrious grandpa, is apparently now going into Nuclear-Armed Judge Dredd Futzie Mode;

I want to establish world peace, free all the Umpty Candies, and KILL EVERYBODY!

I suspect even China’s leaders now understand that in North Korea, they have nurtured a viper. Like Tiberius, they have raised Caligula.

The question is, what do they do now?

clear ether

eon

eon on February 21, 2013 at 9:17 AM

I think this particular sentence is really a mistranslation:

Thus, the United States has practically guided North Korea towards nuclear testing and therefore needs to be considered as an American virtue.

This should be translated as:

Thus, the United States is practically the guide that lead North Korea towards nuclear testing, and as a result, it is all but the result of the patronage of the United States.

The word ‘virtue’ in the original translation is a literal translation of the bracketed word, but it really means in the “thanks to US, this was possible” sense.

doppiolover on February 21, 2013 at 1:57 PM