Seoul: A propaganda video uploaded to YouTube by North Korean authorities has been removed after a copyright complaint from game publisher Activision.
North Korea's official website, Uri-minzokkiri, which distributes news and propaganda from the state media, posted the video that depicted a US city resembling New York engulfed in flames after an apparent missile attack.
But the footage of burning buildings was taken from Activision's best-selling game, Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3.
Propaganda ... the North Korean video is shown in a news report in Seoul, South Korea. Photo: AP
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 We Are the World – the video zooms in on countries below, including a re-unified 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.
"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.
The video was blocked on Tuesday, replaced with a message notifying users of Activision's complaint.
The North Korean YouTube channel's administrators appeared to have removed the video completely on Wednesday.
The North is expected to conduct a nuclear test as a defiant response to UN sanctions imposed after a rocket launch in December.