A video, released by North Korea’s official propaganda website Uriminzokkiri, depicting a bombed-out New York City under an American flag is not actual footage — it’s from ‘Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3.’
The opening scene of the video focuses on a Korean man fast asleep. In his dream a rocket is launched into space. From orbit, the spaceship surveys a happy, peaceful North Korea. It then travels to the other side of the world, witnessing the above-mentioned destruction of New York City. A second rocket is shown launching, and then the screen refocuses on the still sleeping man.
And while North Korea supposedly knows a lot about nuclear weapons, the country apparently knows less about copyright laws. The video accompanying Mashable’s article has been removed “due to a copyright claim by Activision Games Inc.”
The propaganda video also features the song “We Are the World,” a track recorded by Michael Jackson and Lionel Richie in 1985.
This isn’t the first time in recent memory that North Korea has done something ridiculous. In December, the Korean Central News Agency reported discovering the lair of an ancient unicorn.
Though the video comes in the midst of speculation about further North Korean nuclear testing, nothing suggests that it is anything more than propaganda. New York City remains yet unscathed.