As if the world stage is not crowded enough with problems, another familiar provocateur pokes his head out This time N. Korea’s Kim Jong Un.
Jun 25th 2014
SEOUL, South 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 U.S. 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 Wednesday.
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 CIA to assassinate him.
The “reckless U.S. provocative insanity” of mobilizing 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.
With no independent press of its own, North Korea often holds foreign governments responsible for the content of their media. Pyongyang regularly warns Seoul to prevent its conservative press from mocking or criticizing its leadership, something banned within authoritarian North Korea, where the Kim family is revered.
Trailers have been released for the movie, which is set to hit U.S. theaters in October.
When children become tyrants. He sees everything as state controlled or authorized. I don’t know if I’m more concerned by him or the US reactions to his rhetoric.
This is the administration that blew up the youtube video into an act of terrorism. So I wonder what the affects of this complaint will be, some sort of apology?
What he hasn’t said is anything about the 3 Americans North Korea is holding.
“Japanese news agency Kyodo, citing diplomatic sources, said an American was detained in mid-May as he was about to leave the country, for leaving a Bible in his hotel room.” – Guardian
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