(USA TODAY) -- A video
released by Saturday by North Korea shows nuclear launches against the
United States reaching four sites, including Washington, D.C.,
California, Hawaii and what the announcer describes as Colorado Springs,
but which looks like Arkansas. U.S. officials were clear they did not
believe the belligerent nation has missiles capable of reaching the
The video was released Saturday on Uriminzokkiri, a North Korean government web site. It has also been posted on YouTube.
it, each of the U.S. targets explodes into a ball of flames as the
missiles strike on the map. The Colorado Springs attack is presumably
because the North American Aerospace Defense Command (NORAD) is located
near there, as well as the U.S. Air Force Academy. However based on the
map the North Koreans posted, the attack site is actually in either
southern Arkansas or northern Louisiana.
The video, typical of
North Korean propaganda, is introduced by a male voiceover while a
female news anchor in the traditional Korean hanbok dress reads from
news headlines. The images are accompanied by synthesizer music and
sounds of thunder. Further in, jarring montages of missile launches and
military equipment are accompanied by what sound like 1970s power rock
guitar solos. The video had more than 225,000 hits on YouTube by
Tensions on the Korean peninsula have been
building all week. U.S. officials say that they expect North Korea to
perform a missile test soon but insist that while the unpredictable
government might have rudimentary nuclear capabilities, it has not
proven it has a weapon that could reach the United States.
effort is expected to test the North's ballistic missile technologies,
not a nuclear weapon, said a senior U.S. defense official who was
granted anonymity by the Associated Press to discuss intelligence
The Pentagon does not plan to try to shoot down any
missiles North Korea might launch unless they unexpectedly head for a
U.S. or allied target, several officials said. As a precaution, the U.S.
has arrayed in the Pacific a number of missile defense Navy ships,
tracking radars and other elements of its worldwide network for shooting
down hostile missiles.
Bruce Bennett, a Rand Corp. specialist on
North Korea, said this week there is a "reasonable chance" that North
Korea has short-range nuclear missile capability, but it is "very
unlikely" that it has one that can reach the U.S.
Contributing: Associated Press
Elizabeth Weise, USA TODAY