North Korea: the curious ‘Hollywood movie’ with which country announced missile launch

  • Alistair Coleman
  • BBC Monitoring

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State TV showed Kim Jong-un in a black leather jacket and sunglasses as he gave orders at the launch

North Korea announced the launch of a ballistic missile that possibly had an intercontinental range, causing great international concern.

But it was the way the news was broadcast on North Korean state television that caused the most astonishment.

Instead of a triumphant and solemn message, this time the North Koreans saw a video in the style of Hollywood action movies.

There was everything from leader Kim Jong-un wearing a leather jacket and sunglasses, to dramatic music and effects.

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