FILE - In this May 10, 2016 file photo, North Korean leader Kim Jong Un waves at parade participants at the Kim Il Sung Square in Pyongyang, North Korea. If North Korea has been a foreign policy headache for Barack Obama’s presidency, it threatens to be a migraine for his successor. The next president will likely contend with an adversary able to strike the continental U.S. with a nuclear weapon. Whoever wins the White House in the Nov. 8 election is expected to conduct a review of North Korea policy(AP Photo/Wong Maye-E, File)

North Korean Propaganda Video Threatens Destruction Of White House

North Korea has released a propaganda video promising the destruction of the White House, and threatening that “the enemy to be destroyed is in our sights.”

The film, complete with cheesy production values and music straight out of a 70s action flick, includes an aircraft carrier in crosshairs and the threat that,  “We will show you what a strong country that leads the world in nuclear and missile technology is capable of.”

The release of the video comes on the heels of escalating tensions between North Korea and the United States and South Korea, both of whom promised “swift punitive measures” against the Communist country.  The video made its debut on Thursday, just a few days after another similar video played before a concert in Pyongyang with North Korean dictator Kim Jong-Un in attendance.

North Korea is known for its bombastic rhetoric and exaggerated propaganda, but it has ramped up its output in recent weeks as tensions have risen.

During a concert held April 16 and attended by Kim, a video was broadcast showing missiles arcing over the Pacific and leaving a U.S. city in flames, followed by images of a burning American flag and a cemetery filled with white crosses.

Similar videos showing attacks on U.S. cities were broadcast last year and in 2013.

American officials have promised to prepare a military response to North Korea, along with sanctions against the country. The aircraft carrier USS Carl Vinson will arrive at the Korean Peninsula this weekend, and the submarine USS Michigan arrived off the coast of South Korea earlier this week.

South Korea is working with both the United States and United Nations to put the heat on its neighbors to the north.

“The two sides pledged that in the event of additional strategic provocation by the North to swiftly take punitive measures including a new UN Security Council resolution that are unbearable for the North,” the South’s presidential office said, following the call.

China has also offered to help pressure Pyongyang to stand down and back off its rhetoric, but officials in Beijing are unhappy about the THAAD missile defense system the U.S. has begun installing in South Korea.

Stay tuned as we keep our eyes on the growing tensions in this part of Asia.

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