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North Korea TV Gives Kim Jong Un "Top Gun" Image In Missile Coverage

INTERNATIONAL: The Korean president was wearing a black leather jacket and aviator shades, when he supervised the launch of a new intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM), footage aired on Friday,March 25) on state television.

Under Kim, North Korea has sought to give its state media a makeover with digital effects, seeking more modern ways to tell its stories and the leader was the star of the Hollywood-style video for Pyongyang's latest missile launch.

International online commentators has compared the heavily-produced video of the launch featuring flashy effects and edits to the movie "Top Gun" or the South Korean K-pop hit "Gangnam Style." The TV footage of the missile launch has sparked memes and remixes online calling Kim "Top Kim Jong Un" or referring to the video as "Pyongyang Style."

On Thursday,March 24, North Korea has launched the first full Intercontinental Ballistic Missile (ICBM) test by nuclear-armed North Korea since 2017a nd flight data has indicated the missile flew higher and longer than any of North Korea's previous tests, before crashing into the sea west of Japan.

Kim has said the test was designed to demonstrate the might of its nuclear force and deter any U.S. military moves.

In the video, Kim flanked by uniformed military officers, is shown in slow motion walking and pointing as hangar doors slowly open to reveal the massive missile. The intense soundtrack quickens as the shot switches quickly between Kim and the officers looking at their watches before the North Korean leader takes off his sunglasses and nods sombrely to start the missile moving to its launching position.

A countdown begins from nine.

Then one of Kim's aides screams "Fire!" in slow motion, before a quick succession of shots shows another soldier waving a flag, and then others have gathered in the command trailer screaming as one pushes the launch button. Red flames pour out and the missile flies into the sky.

After the missile disappears, Kim celebrates with his two top aides shouting "hurray" and raising their hands.

In the next scene, a smiling Kim walks on the tarmac shoulder to shoulder with soldiers clad in desert-style combat uniforms and body armor.

Earlier, Kim found viral fame when he rode a white horse up the snowy slopes of North Korea's most sacred mountain in recent years.

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