DENVER - A propaganda video released over the weekend by North Korea confirmed that the country will aim nuclear weapons at Colorado Springs and four other U.S. cities.
However, the accompanying computer-generated graphic in the video shows Colorado Springs in approximately Texas or Louisiana. Because of the error, it was initially believed that North Korea was threatening a city in Texas on that trajectory, however the accompanying audio, in Korean, can clearly be heard saying "Colorado Springs" several times.
Colorado Springs is home to the North American Aerospace Defense Command (NORAD) the U.S. Air Force Space Command and U.S. Army's Fort Carson. It also is home to the U.S. Air Force Military Academy.
Other cities "targeted" in the video by North Korea are Washington, D.C., Los Angeles, and Honolulu.
See the video here or on YouTube.com at http://youtu.be/PUP8T7Qar88
The video was posted Saturday on Uriminzokkiri, a North Korea government Web site and had more than 225,000 hits on YouTube by Saturday afternoon.
A similar map could be be seen behind Kim Jong-un in a previously-released photo, but the termination point was blocked in the photo and it was assumed at the time to be somewhere in Texas.
Defense analysts have countered that North Korea doesn't currently have a ballistic missile currently capable of reaching that far. North Korea probably could arm a ballistic missile with a nuclear warhead, but the weapon wouldn't be very reliable, the Defense Intelligence Agency has concluded.
"If they're acting rationally then they will use event, this global event they've caused, as a tool more so for an incentive, maybe blackmail -- whatever you want to call it -- rather than an engagement of military force," Richard Moeller, Associate Professor at MSU Denver, told 7NEWS. "It's a big mistake on their part, if they think they're going to accomplish something by doing this."
This story was first reported in a New York Times blog post.