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North Korean propaganda video shows New York under attack
North Korea, poised to conduct a nuclear test, posted a fanciful video on YouTube depicting a US city resembling New York engulfed in flames after an apparent missile attack.
The footage was uploaded 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 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 reunified Korea.
It then switches to a city 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," says a caption. "It seems that the nest of wickedness is ablaze with the fire started by itself."
The video ends with the line: "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."