North Korean propaganda video shows New York City hit by rockets in flames
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North Korean propaganda video shows New York City hit by rockets in flames

Pyŏngyang : North Korea | Feb 05, 2013 at 6:55 PM PST
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In the movie "2012" we witnessed a possible disaster that could wipe out the USA, but now a video posted by North Korea on YouTube shows New York City going up in flames after being hit by North Korean missiles.

This disaster scenario uses an animated depiction of Manhattan engulfed in flames, part of a video sequence in which a young Korean man dreams of the possibilities for future rocket launchings and the reunification of the Korean nation. "We are the World" provides the background sound track.

The provocative video was uploaded Saturday on YouTube by Uriminzokkiri, an official North Korean government website used for propaganda purposes by the Pyongyang regime.

The video was removed by YouTube Tuesday afternoon after Activision, the company making the video game "Call of Duty" that originally featured the fiery Manhattan scene, complained of copyright infringement. However, copies of the 3 1/2 minute video also went up on other video web sites including Live Leak, where it can be seen here as of 7:30 pm. PST Tuesday.

There is no evidence the North can strike the United States mainland with missiles at this time.

Uriminzokkiri has had YouTube and Twitter accounts for more than two years, uploading 5,740 songs, news reports and videos, according to the New York Times. Another video the North Koreans uploaded on YouTube Saturday showed the recent launching of the Unha-3 rocket with taunts against the West.

The message it wants to convey is quite clear – it wants to show itself off as a power that is determined to launch some sort of attack on the US at some time in the future.

What the video shows – the city depicted is presumably New York with skyscrapers in flames – an American flag is shown to identify the attacked country.

The video is apparently a dream sequence of a young person on board a space shuttle of North Korea and shows a reunified Korea apart from a US which has gone up in flames with skyscrapers either up in flames or reduced to rubble.

The rocket which was used to launch the space shuttle into Space resembles the same rocket which Pyongyang had successfully tested in December-2013.

The narrative, at one point, says 'black clouds are billowing … the nest of wickedness is ablaze'.

How others view this videoJohn Bolton, former US Ambassador to the UN has commented that the video is an indication of what a nuclear capable North Korea could mean to the world.

Doug Bandow, a senior fellow of the Cato Institute, Washington, that specializes in foreign policy has labeled the video as 'weird' and that North Korea has entered the digital age – in his opinion the video should not be seen as a treat to the US.

The outgoing South Korean President Lee Myung-Bak feels Pyongyang could go in for detonation of multiple nuclear devices in a short span of time.

He goes on to add that in case North Korea has acquired the capability to produce miniature nuclear weapons that could be used as warheads on missiles, it would be a major threat for the whole world.

Outgoing President Lee also went on to add that it would be difficult to persuade North Korea to stop its nuclear programs in spite of sanctions imposed by the UN.

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The rocket Unha-3 carrying the satellite Kwangmyongsong-3 being monitored on a large screen at a satellite control centre in Cholsan county, North Pyongan province, in North Korea yesterday. (Photo: AFP)
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