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N. Korea could take South in 3 days, latest video claims

N. Korean video claiming control of South in 3 days

SEOUL — In the latest salvo of an intensive propaganda campaign, North Korea claims it could take control of South Korea in three days, releasing a video showing how it would steamroll the U.S. and South Korean militaries and take 150,000 Americans as prisoners.

The video concludes by essentially daring the U.S. and South Korea to elaborate on the various scenarios they are exploring during war games.

“We know why Pentagon authorities have not released any content of their scenarios to the media, and are in fear as well despite their continuous practice through computer simulations of how the U.S.-South Korean combined forces will invade North Korea,” the video says.

North Korea has released a number of videos as part of a propaganda assault that has raged since the United Nations slapped additional sanctions on the rogue nation as punishment for its recent rocket launch and nuclear test.

A frequent target of Pyongyang has been the combined U.S.-South Korea Foal Eagle and Key Resolve military exercises that began this month. Key Resolve finished last Thursday; Foal Eagle continues until April 30. U.S. military officials have insisted the annual exercises are defensive in nature.

The latest video posted by Uriminzokkiri — a North Korea propaganda outlet based in China — features flag-toting soldiers and advancing tanks as all sorts of bombs and missiles rain down on South Korea.

A narrator and written overlay suggest that on the first day of the surprise “pre-emptive” strike, 150,000 Americans living in South Korea would be taken prisoner.

As the U.S. and South Korean militaries are quickly destroyed, the video explains, North Korean soldiers will sweep into all South cities, taking out all infrastructure in the process.

During the third and final day of the “lightning war,” the video suggests, South Koreans will be left in a state of “utter confusion” as the North Korean military conducts mop-up operations.

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