North Korea Video: 'Call of Duty' Footage Of Destroyed New York City Used In Nuclear Missile Propaganda
We first reported that North Korea was preparing a missile launch back in November when satellite images over the country revealed a long-range rocket at the Sohae state. While North Korea conducted the launch under the pretense of sending a satellite into space via a three-stage rocket, international relations were strained as countries including the United States viewed the activity as the early stage of a North Korean nuclear ballistic missile.
As it turns out, the United States has every right to be frightened as its suspicions have become a reality -- just as North Korea prepares for another nuclear test, the country's official YouTube channel, Uriminzokkiri, has released a bizarre video online that provides a sickening depiction of New York City under incredible military attack.
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The video is under 4 minutes long and features a young Korean man entering a dream sequence as he finds himself on a North Korea space shuttle that was launched into orbit by a rocket similar to the one North Korea had launched in December. Emphasizing the significance of such an achievement, the propaganda video then featured the country's people celebrating and flag waving in excitement.
However, the video quickly changed its tone as a city shrouded by the American flag is under attack by, as far as we can assume, the North Korean army.
In case the scenes are causing any sort of confusion, the captions have made sure that the video's message is clear.
"Somewhere in the United States, black clouds of smoke are billowing," reads a translated Korean caption. "It seems that the nest of wickedness is ablaze with the fire started by itself."
The video ends with the man waking up from his dream, promising that his dream will "surely" come true.
The last caption on the video reads, "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."
Responding to the chilling video, United Nations ambassador of the U.S. John Bolton said to FoxNews.com that the North Korean propaganda video is a "disturbing reminder" of what a nuclear-capable North Korea will mean to the balance of the world's powers.
Beyond the bold statement of the video, Cato Institute foreign policy specialist Doug Bandow also noted that the video represents that Pyongyang has finally embraced the digital age of communication and media.
"My first reaction is they are getting with the Internet age," said Bandow. "For years, they have used vivid imagery in their rhetoric - they once threatened to turn Seoul into a lake of fire - so they've figured out a way to put pictures to the rhetoric. But it doesn't look to me to be more than an amplification of what they've said for years."
Doug Bandow, a senior fellow for Cato Institute specializing in foreign policy, said the "weird" video is proof that Pyongyang has entered the digital age.
"My first reaction is they are getting with the Internet age," Bandow told FoxNews.com. "For years, they have used vivid imagery in their rhetoric - they once threatened to turn Seoul into a lake of fire - so they've figured out a way to put pictures to the rhetoric. But it doesn't look to me to be more than an amplification of what they've said for years."
While the video certainly sounds an alarm, Bandow believes there is no reason to react to North Korea's amateurish production. "The good news here is that while they're evil, they're not stupid. They know they would lose."
In fact, the footage of a U.S. city under attack was later identified to simply be footage taken from "Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3," a video game created by Activision. What's more, developer Activision had already taken down the original North Korean propaganda video under copyright terms.
The U.S. State Department has declined to comment since the video aired earlier Tuesday.
South Korea's U.N. ambassador feels differently. The ambassador said on Monday that a North Korean nuclear test is imminent.
According to North Korea last month, a nuclear test will be conducted in protest to Security Council sanctions. The council ordered North Korea in the sanctions resolution to seize nuclear testing or face "significant action."
Despite the mounting tensions, just how capable is North Korea in terms of long-range missile technology?
North Korea has just sent a satellite into Earth orbit in December.
Finally, be sure to take a look at North Korea's propaganda video below:
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