Friday, February 23

Between ‘Top Gun’ and ‘Muchachada Nui’, the propaganda video for Kim Jong-un’s new missile

If a propaganda video that aims to intimidate the enemy and what it achieves is to provoke laughter, something is wrong: actors, music, montage… or all at once. The latest video clip of North Korean leader Kim Jong-un suffers from all of the above. In a distant imitation of Maverick, the character in the leather jacket from the movie ‘Top Gun’ –and with a montage of his own from the comedy series ‘Muchachada Nui’– the North Korean dictator oversees the deployment of his latest missile, a Hwasong- 17 with intercontinental reach, which was launched last Thursday amid protests from the United States, South Korea and Japan.

In the video, Kim Jong-un is accompanied by the two heads of the North Korean missile program, the director of the National Academy of Defense Sciences, Jang Chang-ha, and the deputy director of the Department of Machinery, Kim Jong-sik. . They all pretend to synchronize their watches to get the missile out of a hangar located at the Sil-li military installations, near Sunan International Airport in Pyongyang.

Although secrecy surrounds the North Korean weapons program and the details of its arsenal are not known, it is suspected that this Intercontinental Ballistic Missile (ICBM) is the longest in the world – about 23 meters – and is capable of reaching about 15,000 kilometers away.

Dubbed as the ‘monster missile’, it is a variation of the Hwasong-15. The new missile was unveiled in public in October 2020, during the celebrations of the 75th anniversary of the Workers’ Party of Korea, the only one in the country.

Turkmenistan, another ‘counterproductive’ video

The North Korean video clip has coincided with another video, also of a dictatorship, in this case in Turkeministan. It shows the new leader of the country (Serdar Berdymukhamedov, who has inherited the post from his father) visiting a military facility.

The soldiers receive it with a choreography, a live military band with a melodic song, recruits doing gymnastic exercises and an Army camel.