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N. Korea YouTube Video: US City Under Attack, Engulfed in Flames

North Korea posted a YouTube video depicting a city in the US, resembling New York, engulfed in flames after apparent missile attack.
By Rachel Hirshfeld
First Publish: 2/5/2013, 11:41 AM

Unha-3 rocket launching at North Korea's West Sea Satellite Launch Site
Unha-3 rocket launching at North Korea's West Sea Satellite Launch Site
Reuters

North Korea, poised to conduct a nuclear test in the coming days, has posted a video on YouTube depicting a city in the United States, resembling New York, engulfed in flames after an apparent missile attack.

The footage was uploaded Saturday by the North's official website, Uriminzokkiri, which distributes news and propaganda from the state media.

The video is shot as a dream sequence, with a young man seeing himself on board a North Korean space shuttle launched into orbit by the same type of rocket Pyongyang successfully tested in December, AFP reported.

As the shuttle circles the globe -- to the tune of "We Are the World" -- the video zooms in on countries below, including a joyfully re-unified Korea.

The focus then switches to a city -- shrouded in an American flag -- under apparent missile attack on its skyscrapers, including what appears to be the Empire State Building, which appears to be either on fire or in ruins.

"Somewhere in the United States, black clouds of smoke are billowing," runs the caption across the screen, as quoted by AFP.

"It seems that the nest of wickedness is ablaze with the fire started by itself," it added.

The video ends with the young man concluding that his dream will "surely come true".

"Despite all kinds of attempts by imperialists to isolate and crush us... never will anyone be able to stop the people marching toward a final victory," it said.

The North is expected to conduct its nuclear test as a defiant response to UN imposed sanctions following its December rocket launch.