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New North Korea video shows destruction of what appears to be New York City

As North Korea threatens to carry out measures "stronger" than a third nuclear test in response to what it believes are "hostile" sanctions imposed after its December rocket launch, its state media also released a bizarre new video in which a North Korean young man apparently dreams about the destruction of what appears to be New York City.

The three-minute video, posted on YouTube, was released by North Korea’s state-run media and features a young man in a dream sequence. In the dream, which is backed by the 1985 song "We are the World," the man launches into space aboard a North Korean rocket, and elsewhere, an American flag waves while a skyscraper-studded city burns.

“Somewhere in the United States, black clouds of smoke are billowing,” reads a caption translated from Korean, according to the Guardian. “It seems that the nest of wickedness is ablaze with the fire started by itself.”

His dream will "surely come true", reads the caption. "Despite attempts by imperialists to isolate and crush us … never will anyone be able to stop the people marching towards a final victory."

Though the video looks almost comical, it has serious underpinnings. North Korea has been stepping up its rhetoric against South Korea and the United States after suffering harsher sanctions and international condemnation following its December rocket launch.

South Korea's ambassador to the United Nations said on Tuesday that North Korea is planning another nuclear test, although the United Nations has warned North Korea that such a test would invite "significant action" in response.



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