North Korean dictator Kim Jong Un released a fiery propaganda video with scenes including troops blowing up a U.S. Navy aircraft carrier and bomber.
The video, released over the weekend by the country’s main propaganda outlet Uriminzokkiri TV, showed fictional footage of North Korean troops destroying the USS Carl Vinson. A B-51 bomber is shown meeting a similar fate moments later.
The video clip, nearly 3 minutes in length, was an apparent response to the joint U.S.-South Korean military exercises in the region.
A female narrator said in the background, “a knife will be stabbed into the throat of the carrier, while the bomber will fall from the sky after getting hit by a jail of fire,” according to Yonhap News Agency.
The film used images of the annual “Foal Eagle” military drills conducted by the U.S. and South Korea, which have long angered North Korea.
North Korea has ramped up its weapons development, violating multiple United Nations Security Council resolutions without being deterred by sanctions. The rogue nation conducted two nuclear test explosions and 24 ballistic missile tests last year.
Earlier this month, Kim Jong Un’s Foreign Office released a statement saying that his army would reduce the U.S. to “ashes with its Hwasong rockets tipped with nuclear warheads.”
On Monday, a spokesman for North Korea's Foreign Ministry slammed U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson's recent talk of tougher sanctions, more pressure, and possible military action, and said the North would not be deterred in its nuclear program.
"The nuclear force of (North Korea) is the treasured sword of justice and the most reliable war deterrence to defend the socialist motherland and the life of its people," the official Korean Central News Agency quoted the spokesman as saying.
Over the weekend, North Korea conducted a ground test of a new type of high-thrust rocket engine that leader Kim Jong Un called a revolutionary breakthrough for the country's space program, KCNA reported earlier.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.