NKorea video shows US city in ruin
North Korea, poised to conduct a nuclear test any day now, has posted a bizzare video on YouTube depicting a US city resembling New York engulfed in flames after an apparent missile attack.
By Joanne Costello
The footage was uploaded by the North’s official website, Uriminzokkiri, which distributes news and propaganda from the state media, but has since been removed.
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.
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.
he focus then switches to a city — shrouded in the US flag — under apparent missile attack with its skyscrapers, including what appears to be the Empire State Building, either on fire or in ruins.
“Somewhere in the United States, black clouds of smoke are billowing,” runs the caption across the screen. It seems that the nest of wickedness is ablaze with the fire started by itself,” it added.
The North is expected to conduct its nuclear test as a defiant response to UN sanctions.
The video arrives just days after North Korea threatened to retaliate against the US for what it called a double standard stemming from a recent rocket launch by South Korea.
In December, the US claimed a North Korean rocket launch was a test of banned ballistic missile technology, and the UN announced sanctions.
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