North Korea nuclear test
On February 12, 2013, North Korea unleashed its third - and largest - underground nuclear test, causing an earthquake with a magnitude of 4.9. The Foreign Ministry in Pyongyang said the test was the "first response" to what it called US threats. The test defied a UN move tightening sanctions against leader Kim Jong-un's regime three weeks before. The UN Security Council strongly condemned the test and vowed to take action against Pyongyang for an act that all major world powers, including traditional ally China, denounced.
North Korea video depicts invasion of South, US hostages
Propaganda video shows attack scenario
Agence France Presse
Hundreds of North Korean paratroopers descend on Seoul. Their mission: to take thousands of US citizens living in South Korea hostage.
This is the fantasy scenario at the centre of the latest propaganda video released by the government to bolster animosity towards America.
Titled "A Short, Three-Day War," the four-minute video begins with images of a massive artillery and rocket barrage, followed by a large-scale land and air assault with North Korean troops streaming over the border.
The video was posted on the North's official website, Uriminzokkiri, which distributes news and propaganda from the state media.
It comes at a time of escalating tensions on the Korean peninsula, with multiple threats from North Korea of an armed response to joint South Korea-US military drills and to UN sanctions imposed after its nuclear test last month.
On Thursday, the North Korean military threatened strikes on US military bases in Japan and Guam.
The video's male narrator describes different stages of the invasion, including the destruction of forces under the US Pacific Command with "powerful weapons of mass destruction."
"The crack stormtroops will occupy Seoul and other cities and take 150,000 US citizens as hostages," the narrator said.
The video showed footage of paratroopers jumping from the sky superimposed over an aerial shot of the South Korean capital, with North Korean military helicopters hovering overhead.
The airborne troops would engage South Korean soldiers in the streets of Seoul, as 4,000 tanks and 3,000 armored vehicles sweep across the border and race to the capital, the narrator said.
South Korea has a large US expatriate population, as well as 28,000 US troops based in the country.
The video was the latest in a line of similarly-themed productions posted to the Uriminzokkiri channel.
An offering early last month showed New York in flames after an apparent missile attack, and another two weeks later depicted US soldiers and President Barack Obama burning in the flames of a nuclear blast.
And earlier this week, another video showed the dome of the US Capitol building in Washington exploding in a fireball.