That crazy North Korean video of New York blowing up, now with English

February 5, 2013

We wrote earlier today about the truly bizarre North Korean propaganda video that apparently depicts a space shuttle blowing up New York City, among other things. Now, that video has been translated into English by the NK News site.

"Last night, I had such a wonderful dream," it opens. "I found myself rising high into space riding the Eunha 9 rocket."

Here's the full text:

Last night, I had such a wonderful dream. I found myself rising high into space riding the “Eunha 9” rocket. In happiness and excitement, the spaceship “Kwangmyungsong 21” separated, and was flying into the grand and endless space.

From onboard, I could see beautiful colors and stark contrast [of the outside]. I was about to press the button to take a picture as I was heading toward our perfectly green earth, a shining star in the midst of the darkness.

Suddenly, through the camera lens, the image of the unification flag blowing over our one unified country crops up. Even I weep as I hold tightly to that camera, concerns rushing over me.

In America, I can see black smoke. It seems like the devil’s nest that habitually caused wars of invasion and persistence are finally burning under the fire that I have caused.

The free and peaceful world and the magnificent and awe-striking space seem to be blessing our spaceship “Kwangmyungsong 21.”
Dear viewers, think about this. Korea’s spaceship flying through space, to the backdrop of the brightly-lit sun and space.

I am certain that my dream will come true. Even the complete ending of the imperialists schemes. Seeing our Bakedu Mountain country prospering strongly under reunification, they will not be able to prevent our people from going forward towards a final victory.

Correction: This post initially carried a translation that turns out to have been satirical and, thus, false. Thanks very much to James Pearson of the always excellent NK News site for pointing out the error and linking me to their translation and analysis.

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