North Korea’s Latest Video Destroys New York City, Angers ‘Call of Duty’ Makers

In a bizarre propaganda film set to "We Are the World," a sleeping North Korean man dreams of a future in which a suspciously familiar American city is in flames.

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As North Korea prepares to conduct its third nuclear weapons test, the hermit nation’s propaganda machine is spinning at full, bizarre throttle. In its latest video, posted on the semi-official website Uriminzokkiri earlier this week, a young man sleeps peacefully, dreaming of a world where North Korean spacecraft roam the heavens, the Korean peninsula is finally reunited and an American city that looks suspiciously like New York is engulfed in flames.

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In the video, jarringly accompanied by a piano-and-synthesizer version of “We Are the World,” the sleeping man dreams of a string of North Korean victories, Reuters reported. He envisions a bright future where North Korea has successfully launched the Unha-9 rocket, a more advanced version of the Unha-3 that was sent into space in December, triggering new sanctions from the United Nations.

“Our Kwangmyongsong-21 spacecraft got separated from the rocket and traveled through space,” the Korean caption says, according to a translation by the New York Times.

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Then, the spacecraft is shown circling Earth’s orbit in search of a target. It passes a jubilant and reunified Korean Peninsula before the video switches to the scene of a burning American city that looks quite like lower Manhattan.

“It seems that the nest of wickedness is ablaze,” the video caption says.

Fortunately, North Korea is nowhere close to launching missiles that can hit the East Coast. In fact, it seems that it’s not even capable of rendering visual effects of a blazing New York on its own.

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According to the New York Times, animation of the burning city was lifted from the popular video game Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3. Uriminzokkiri took the video down after a copyright complaint from game maker Activision, but the video has proliferated on YouTube and also appears on the Live Leak website.

At the end of the video, the caption says “ One day my dream will come true. No matter how hard the imperialists try to isolate and stifle us, they will not stop our people’s path toward our final victory of achieving a unified, strong and prosperous Korea,” according to the New York Times’ translation.

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The U.S. State Department has declined to comment on the video.

“I have seen it,” State Department’s spokesman Victoria Nuland said in a press briefing, according to MSNBC. “I am clearly not going to dignify it by speaking about it here,”

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27 comments
WilliamBarnes
WilliamBarnes

What is actually going on? Like, we got a country almost declaring war on us (again?) and we don't even know the Korean people, other than the smell of the neighbor's wife's kimchi in the garage, and even less about how a government would hold such a grudge about the war. What don't we know? Or are these people really the comedian (atomic) crazies they appear to be. It's like the BIG THING for the government there (how much % of the people I don't know) is to have (or fire) a ballistic rocket rendezvous with some American target. why now? I can't see any logic. It's just plain weird as all get out!

Ocsicnarf
Ocsicnarf

Really, North Korea Gov' seems a movie Dr. No. It's a shame some people are governed by those tughs.

FrankOnyekaba
FrankOnyekaba

North Korea is so stupid and dumb. They talk about nuclear weapons when their people are starving. What do we tell a house fly messing with a wasp. One day, they'll foolishly step upon a land mine. And the world will say a loud AMEN.

YouNo
YouNo

what if they put the nuke in a boat and hired a suicide bomber from one of the millions of starving? 

Yea. So we can continue to mock and fear each other, or we can try to understand them, even if we only get to avoid them getting surprise.

rgerst
rgerst

I just had a random thought. What if North Korea has actually been successful with its rockets and nuclear weapons, and it only televises dud rockets made to fail and is lying about the "failure" of the nukes. Then the US and its allies wouldn't take North Korea seriously, and North Korea would have the element of surprise.

The rockets idea is unlikely, but the nukes is possible.

YouNo
YouNo

Perhaps you can enlighten us on your view of the Marxian influence on a historically Confucian peoples, or the effect of the Japanese colonization on the psyche of the Korean Peninsula? What are the goals of the Confucianist practicioner, and how might those tenets have been shaped and shaped this particular society?

RobertLong
RobertLong

So lame, North Korea is so weak on the agriculture side that global war is out of their grasp. They cant sustain a logistic train with no food. Their neighbors are the only ones that need to worry and they don't.

North Korea is thumping their chest and all you can hear is the hollow thump of an underfed body.

YouNo
YouNo

Pop quiz US students. Easy questions, pass or fail.

Rhetoric and Physics? Raise your hand if you've taken both.

Basic machine tool working? Raise your hand if you've ever operated a drill press.

Computer Language? Raise your hand if you can at least code a functional web-page.

HarryKuheim
HarryKuheim

NYC Anarchists and OWS fools love this Video...

Heian
Heian

If you want to show off your technological potential, might want to start with your own CGI effects.

mrbomb13
mrbomb13

North Korea continues to successfully evade Common Sense Decision-Making (even under their new Dear Leader).

What possible microscopic good could result from running this joke of a video?  Have they truly sunken to amoeba-level intelligence??

So lame.

dthomas5010
dthomas5010

" the sleeping man dreams of a string of North Korean victories",

He's not sleeping.

He's curled up in pain, because he's starving, and dreaming of something good to eat.

MaxNewman
MaxNewman

Of course North Korea has to copy everything in that video, the music , the space shuttle. They are completly incapable of creating anything original except for a special brand of crazy.

ECDM1
ECDM1

Wow for how much North Korea hates us it's kind of interesting how they use a song by AMERICAN artists and images from an AMERICAN video game...

mpalijo
mpalijo

For decades Hollywood have shown Russians and Muslims as terrorists. So what one video shows New york being destroyed. Take a chill pill, its just a movie. 

familytravel911
familytravel911

It time now to visit them. Les help those poor citizens.

alex162288
alex162288

I just feel so sorry for N.Korea citizens, they are being isolated from the real world. Hope one day God will come and help these innocent citizens , take the evil government away.

joseppi123
joseppi123

He's off his rocker or rice cake, whatever!!!!!

AllenHeffley
AllenHeffley

I love how they think we are isolating them. 

roknsteve
roknsteve

@YouNo Confucius has been dead for 2,000 years.  You are so corn-fuzed about life. 

roknsteve
roknsteve

@YouNo Pop quiz for you.  Easy question, pass or fail.

Can you stick out your tongue and touch your nose?

Touch your nose with your finger, fool.  You fail.