A cack-handed propaganda video on North Korea's semi-official Uriminzokkiri website that attempts to depict an American city in flames has achieved worldwide media coverage. But the U.S. government was unimpressed.
"I've seen it," U.S. State Department spokeswoman Victoria Nuland told reporters in Washington. "I'm clearly not going to dignify it by speaking about it here."
The video, which lasts about three-and a-half minutes, was also uploaded on YouTube and is a crude animation that depicts the journey of a North Korean man aboard a space shuttle, which is launched into space by a rocket at some unspecified point in the future.
The controversial scene appears about halfway through the video when a caption says, "Black smoke is seen somewhere in America."
The text overlaps the U.S. mainland ablaze and an image of the American flag. The next caption, over an image of a city not unlike New York on fire, reads, "It seems that the nest of wickedness is ablaze with the fire it started."
In South Korea, a Unification Ministry official also said the video is not worth responding to.