Missile tests are nothing new for North Korea. But the latest missile test was much different. The country successfully tested the largest intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM) last Thursday. The matter has caught the attention of the whole world. At the same time, the news coverage of the missile test on state television has caused a great deal of controversy.
According to a BBC report, this time the news of the launch of the missile was used to imitate the Hollywood movie instead of the winning tune, as the Koreans had not seen before. Kim Jong-un wearing a leather jacket, black glasses over his eyes; Video effects and dramatic music in the background — everything was in it.
North Korea’s Central Television usually broadcasts the Kim family’s repeat diet propaganda, military band concerts, patriotic films and praises of labor. So if you spread something outside of it, it catches the eye. For this reason, the news spread about the launch of Huasang-17 was different.
The nation was informed about the missile test through the news bulletin. But the style of presentation was different. Viewers watched the 15-minute video effects, the planned staging, and Kim Jong-un’s spectacles. Remove the glasses as if Kim was saying, ‘Keep going’.
Multiple scenes of missile launches are provided between the roaring melodies and the winning music. Experienced newsreader Ri Chun-hi was present at the news presentation. In the Western world, North Korea is known as the ‘Ping Lady’.
Social media users liken such instant presentation to action drama ‘Top Gun’, science fiction series ‘Thunderbirds’ and Bollywood movies. Some liken the scene to the way Kim and his generals walked in front of a missile launcher in a hangar at Pyongyang International Airport, compared to the 1973 blockbuster film The Right Staff.
How the North Koreans see
This is completely new for North Korean TV viewers. If something is not revealed from the outside, there is a risk of severe punishment. This has never been seen before on North Korean television.
It is believed that the country’s powerful propaganda and agitation department knew that a balanced work had been done here. They have created a video that will create excitement among new and native viewers. In this way, national pride and Kim’s image can be sharpened. Weight loss will be followed by fatigue and constant tiredness.
This time the scene is very different from the last attempt to do something like this. In 2019, the highest leader was seen rising on the holy Mount Payektu. At that time, Kim, who was riding a horse, looked obese.
It is difficult to say how the North Koreans will react after watching the new video.
However, not realizing such a sudden change in tone and color, many will quickly blink their eyes. They are not accustomed to seeing such video effects. Having seen a Hollywood movie before, such a small part might be hesitant. You may ask yourself was it wrong, or is it just a one-time or, in fact, an indication of a change that is not possible? As always, the answer may not come soon.
The people behind the North Korean propaganda also knew that the video of the launch of the missile would be seen and discussed outside the country. So the use of such effects in the video and the imitation of Hollywood movies have been done purposefully. But for those for whom it has been made, it is nothing new, but also a matter of humor.
What’s the message?
After all, it was an expression of complete confidence. The missile was launched from Pyongyang Sunan International Airport, 25 kilometers from the capital. Any failure to launch would have been catastrophic for the airport and surrounding residents.
Kim Jong-un is very proud of the Huasang-17 weapon. In particular, he sent a message to the world, including the United States, that North Korea has the capability to strike anywhere if persuaded. Pyongyang may have seen this message as a mockery of Hollywood.
The United States continues to be Pyongyang’s main target in foreign news. The North Korean media did not say much about the Ukraine war last month. And whenever it is said, the United States is blamed for it.
The missile, which was tested last Thursday, reached an altitude of 6,000 km. It was the largest intercontinental ballistic missile fired by North Korea. It was also the largest missile in terms of size.