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North Korea releases video depicting U.S. aircraft carrier, strategic bomber engulfed in flames

March 20, 2017 (Photo Credit: Screenshot via YouTube)
North Korea’s state-run Uriminzokkiri propaganda website has released a video on its YouTube channel depicting a U.S. aircraft carrier and strategic bomber in the cross hairs of a weapon and engulfed in flames.

The video was posted to YouTube on Saturday amid the large-scale annual joint U.S.-South Korean military exercises on the Korean Peninsula and amid recent ballistic missile tests by North Korea. Text in the video says that “a knife will be stabbed into the throat of the carrier,” which appears to be the aircraft carrier Carl Vinson, according to The Japan Times.

The video also shows a B-1B Lancer heavy strategic bomber with the text “the bomber will fall from the sky after getting hit by a hail of fire.”

Uriminzokkiri received heavy criticism for a 2013 video depicting an attack on Washington, D.C., including the U.S. Capitol and the White House.

The video was released within two weeks of North Korea’s ballistic missile tests into the Sea of Japan, a test which Pyongyang labeled as training for strikes on U.S. military installations in Japan. Marine Corps Air Station Iwakuni in Yamaguchi Prefecture is one of the suspected targets.

The United States  deployed a controversial missile defense system to South Korea a day after the ballistic missile tests. Neighboring China was quick to condemn the deployment of the Terminal High-Altitude Area Defense system, or THAAD, as it views the system's high-power radar as a security threat.

The joint U.S.-South Korean exercises, which occur annually, will run through April. Pyongyang views the exercises as a mock-invasion of North Korea, while the U.S. and South Korea view them as defensive exercises.

Both the Carl Vinson and B-1B strategic bombers are involved in the joint exercises.

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