Video: North Korea threatens to strike Colorado Springs but doesn’t know where it is

April 12, 2013

The latest ridiculous North Korean propaganda video includes threats to launch that nation's (untested) KN-08 missiles at four U.S. cities: Washington, Colorado Springs, Colo., Los Angeles and Honolulu.

The only problem is that the video, released by the state-run media organization Uriminzokkiri, misidentifies Colorado Springs' location by about 1,000 miles. As the voice-over excitedly discusses North Korea's plan to launch a missile at the home of a number of important military installations, as well as the U.S. Air Force Academy, a dot on a map meant to indicate the city actually appears somewhere over the deep south.

You can hear the narrator mention Colorado Springs at about 1 minute, 20 seconds into the video, as a scary-looking line is shown shooting out from North Korea and landing somewhere in the vicinity of Shreveport, La., a 900-mile drive southeast from the intended target.

Fortunately for Coloradans and Louisianans, the KN-08 is untested and so has not demonstrated the ability to reach anywhere near the U.S. mainland, much less with the  accuracy required to hit a precise location. All of which may help explain why these particularly propagandist video makers did not even bother to correctly identify their targets.

Hat tip to the Nautilus Institute and Jeffrey Lewis for pointing this out.

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