North Korea has posted a video online depicting a US city resembling New York engulfed in flames after an apparent missile attack, but its special effects are actually stolen from the popular American video game Call of Duty.
The video was uploaded to YouTube by the North's official website, Uriminzokkiri, which distributes news and propaganda.
The video was taken offline earlier this morning, however, when the video game publisher that owns Call of Duty, Activision, got wind of what was going on and made a breach-of-copyright claim with YouTube.
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 successfully tested in December.
As the shuttle circles the globe — to the tune of Michael Jackson's We Are the World — the video zooms in on countries below, including a reunified Korea.
The focus then switches to a city, shrouded in the US flag, under apparent missile attack, with its skyscrapers either on fire or in ruins.
But the graphics for this sequence use scenes from Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3, a first-person shooter game in which the US is attacked by Russia.
The game shows Manhattan under fire by a barrage of missiles.
There is no hint of any attribution in the North Korean video, however.
"Somewhere in the United States, black clouds of smoke are billowing," reads a caption.
"It seems that the nest of wickedness is ablaze."
The video ends with the young man concluding that his dream will "surely come true."
"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," it says.
Call of Duty is one of the best-selling video game franchises ever.
North Korea is expected to conduct a nuclear test as a defiant response to UN sanctions imposed after a rocket launch in December.
Author: Erin Tennant, Approving editor: Mark Worley