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North Korea chastises Obama after controversial film is released

Published:Saturday | December 27, 2014 | 12:24 AM

North Korea has condemned US President Barack Obama over the release of the film The Interview, about a fictional plot to kill its leader Kim Jong-un.



The country's National Defence Commission (NDC) also accused the US of shutting down the country's internet and used a racial slur to describe Obama as "reckless".



Sony Pictures had originally pulled the title after a cyber-attack and threats.



But the company later reconsidered, releasing the comedy on Christmas Day.



A number of critics, including the US president, had warned that freedom of expression was under threat if the movie was shelved.



The controversial film was shown in some US cinemas and is available online, with several hundred independent theatres coming forward and offering to screen it.



However, larger cinemas decided not to show the film.





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