North Korea has threatened to launch a nuclear strike on Washington if the United States provokes the North, a video shows.
The North released a four-minute video titled “Last Chance” on Saturday which uses computer animation to show a ballistic missile hitting Washington.
The video shows that the intercontinental ballistic missile flies through the earth’s atmosphere and slams into Washington near what appears to be the Lincoln Memorial, and then a nuclear explosion follows.
“If the American imperialists provoke us a bit, we will not hesitate to slap them with a pre-emptive nuclear strike,” the video says in Korean.
“The United States must choose! It’s up to you whether the nation called the United States exists on this planet or not.”
Most of the video appears to chronicle what it calls “humiliating defeats” suffered by the United States at North Korea’s hands over the past years, including two separate incidents in which the North captured an American ship called the Pueblo and shot down an American helicopter in 1968 and 1994 respectively.
It also depicts a barrage of artillery, rockets and missiles, which includes a submarine-launched ballistic missile.
The missile shown in the video, which is what North Korea recently claimed it had successfully tested, ends with the American flag in flames.
In 2013, the North released another video showing Lower Manhattan being bombed, and another one later showing President Obama and American troops in flames.
Tensions between the US and North Korea have escalated since the start of 2016 after the North’s nuclear test in January and a long-range rocket launch on February 7.
Pyongyang says the rocket launch was aimed at placing an earth observation satellite into orbit, but the US and South Korea say the move was a cover for an intercontinental ballistic missile test.
On March 13, a US nuclear-powered aircraft carrier arrived in South Korea’s largest port city to take part in joint war games, dubbed Key Resolve, following threats by North Korea to wipe out its enemies.
A day earlier, American and South Korean troops staged a big amphibious landing exercise on South Korea’s east coast, storming simulated North Korean beach defenses.
Pyongyang condemned the assault drills, calling them “nuclear war moves” taken as preparations for an invasion.
The North’s military said it was prepared to respond “with an ultra-precision blitzkrieg strike of the Korean style.”
This year’s Key Resolve drills mark the largest of their kind as the allies step up military cooperation in the face of North Korea’s nuclear and missile threats.