By Tom Dare
A BIZARRE anti-American propaganda cartoon from North Korea showing children shooting missiles at the American navy has resurfaced this week, as the war of words between Washington and Pyongyang intensifies.
Footage from the cartoon, which is thought to have been produced in the 1960s, shows a small North Korean child falling asleep at his desk while doing his school work with a pencil and protractor.
As he falls asleep he begins to dream of fighting the Americans, with his protractor and pencil transforming into a rocket launcher as he and his friends take up positions on the cliffs before firing at the oncoming American navy, which includes flotation tanks.
The video has emerged in the same week that tensions between the United States and North Korea have risen yet again.
The so-called hermit kingdom accused current U.S. President Donald Trump of declaring war on their country on Monday, after a tweet sent by the commander-in-chief on Sunday.
President Trump tweeted: “Just heard Foreign Minister of North Korea speak at U.N. If he echoes thoughts of Little Rocket Man, they won’t be around much longer,” which was met with anger by the North Korean leadership.
Speaking on Monday (September 25), foreign minister Ri Yong Ho said: “Since the U.S. declared war on our country, we will have every right to make countermeasures, including the right to shoot down the U.S. bombers even when they are not yet inside the airspace border of our country.”
The White House has dismissed any suggestion that America has declared war on North Korea as “absurd.”
America and North Korea have been at loggerheads ever since the end of the Korean war, which saw the North and South of the country divided by the 38th parallel.
Since then, the Kim family has ruled North Korea under a brutal dictatorship, shutting the country off from the rest of the world and fanatically pursuing a nuclear weapons programme.
The cartoon is thought to have been produced under Kim Il-Sung, current leader Kim Jong-Un’s grandfather, though relations have been getting steadily worse since Kim Jong-Un became leader of North Korea and Donald Trump became President of America.