North Korea's official website uploaded a video to YouTube on Tuesday depicting a nuclear missile attack on New York City showing skyscrapers including what looks like the Empire State Building on fire after an apparent North Korean nuclear missile attack
The shocking video is filmed 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, 2012.
As the video continues, it shows New York City shrouded by a burning U.S. flag then disappearing in a huge explosion in what looks likes a nuclear detonation with Michael Jackson's composition of We are the World playing in the background.
The video comes during a time of tension just as North Korean leader Kim Jong-un is preparing for a defiant third and what they say is an "imminent" nuclear test.
It was after North Korea defiantly but successfully launched a long-range nuclear rocket test in December, when the UN imposed sanctions on North Korea as a penalty for violating UN resolutions that banned them from developing missile or nuclear technology.
Today North Korea's response to what they consider to be "hostile" sanctions imposed on them was to threaten "a measure stronger than a nuclear test." While they didn't not say exactly what actions would be, it is important to note that North Korea is not yet capable of staging a military strike on the U.S.
Ongoing tension between the U.S. and North Korea was at an all time high in 2010 when North Korea was blamed for sinking a South Korean naval vessel and shelling a South Korean island that also killed innocent civilians.
The U.S. has maintained a strong alliance with South Korea who regularly stage military drills together. While North Korea is set to launch a defiant third nuclear test, both Washington and Seoul have denied that they are rehearsing for an invasion.
Video - Watch the bizarre video North Korea's website named Uriminzokkiri that was posted on YouTube today.