The state-run Korean Central News Agency (KCNA) out of Pyongyang has released new North Korean propaganda posters that “answer” the United States’ threats and warnings not to launch an intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM) or threaten Guam, a U.S. territory. And, one of the posters shows the U.S. Capitol building being blown up.
The posters come the same week that North Korea called off its plan to bomb Guam. North Korea in July also tested two ICBMs, which it claimed were successful tests and that the country could now target as far as the East Coast – including Washington, D.C. – were it to launch the ICBMs for real.
One of the propaganda posters shows large red missiles pointed at the U.S. Capitol building, which is in pieces with a torn American Flag over it; the text reportedly reads: “Our Answer!”
Another poster shows large missiles pointed toward a map of the United States, which is in flames. It reportedly reads: “Entire region of the state is now within range of our missiles!”
A third poster is that of someone ripping up the latest United Nations sanctions on North Korea. The United Nations Security Council recently approved sanctions that would cut North Korea’s export revenue by $1 billion, or about a third. The sanctions ban North Korea from exporting coal, iron, iron ore, lead, lead ore and seafood.
Another propaganda poster shows a tank and reportedly reads: “No one can stop our way!”
The propaganda posters come on the heels of North Korea backing down and calling off its threat to bomb Guam, a U.S. territory in the Western Pacific.
The KCNA said Tuesday that Kim Jong Un might change his mind “if the Yankees persist in their extremely dangerous reckless actions.”
This came just one day after Defense Secretary Jim Mattis said that if North Korea did fire a missile at the United States, “it’s game on.”
Rhetoric between the United States and North Korea has lately been nothing short of a soap opera.
On August 11 – prior to Mattis’ last comments, President Donald Trump threatened that Kim Jong Un will “truly regret it, and regret it fast” if North Korea were to fire any missile.
North Korea on August 8 threatened to attack Guam with intermediate-range Hwasong-12 missiles, and then said it would continue to plan a strike on the U.S. territory despite warnings from both President Trump and Defense Secretary Mattis, and that plans for the attack would be completed by mid-August.
This came on the heels of Trump saying August 8 that North Korea would be met with “fire and fury” if it continues to threaten the United States. And, Mattis also said North Korea should “cease any consideration of actions that would lead to the end of its regime and destruction of its people.”
Trump later said his “fire and fury” statement might not have been “tough enough,” and the President said August 10 for North Korea to “get their act together” or the country will be in trouble “like few nations have ever been.”
Trump also said August 10 that while Americans should be “very comfortable,” North Koreans should be “very, very nervous […] because things will happen to them like they never thought possible.”
On August 11, Trump tweeted and warned Kim Jong Un that: “Military solutions are now fully in place, locked and loaded, should North Korea act unwisely. Hopefully Kim Jong Un will find another path!”
North Korea had responded to U.S. threats not long before that, saying it considers the United States “no more than a lump which we can beat to a jelly any time.”