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Comedy about Kim Jong Un considered to be 'act of war'

Published:Thursday | June 26, 2014 | 12:00 AM
In this image taken from video, North Korean leader Kim Jong Un salutes during a military parade marking the 65th anniversary of the country's founding, Monday, September 9, 2013, in Pyongyang, North Korea. AP


North Korea is warning that the release of a new American comedy about a plot to assassinate leader Kim Jong Un would be an "act of war".

If the United States (US) government doesn't block the movie's release, it will face "stern" and "merciless" retaliation, an unidentified spokesman for North Korea's Foreign Ministry said in state media yesterday.

He didn't mention the movie by name, but was clearly referring to The Interview, which stars Seth Rogen and James Franco as a producer and talk-show host who land an exclusive interview with the North Korean dictator and are then asked by the Central Intelligence Agency to assassinate him.

The "reckless US provocative insanity" of mobilising a "gangster filmmaker" to challenge the North's leadership is triggering "a gust of hatred and rage" among North Korean people and soldiers, the spokesman said, in typically heated propaganda language.

The film's release would be considered an "act of war that we will never tolerate", he said.