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North Korea's take on new US movie: 'Act of war'

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.

The current leader's late father, Kim Jong Il, was a noted movie buff, lauded in the North for writing a treatise on film. He also ordered the kidnapping of prolific South Korean director and producer Shin Sang-ok in 1978, who then spent years making movies for Kim before escaping, Shin said.

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patriot1too June 25 2014 at 7:53 AM

No doubt this obama mess and his liberal extremisist zombie followers will crawl to that communist madman dictator with an opology and then give a grand speech on diversaty and inclusion and tolerance and exceptance to the American public. Blah blah blah. America is sick of political correctness. Its time to speak the truth and not spin doctored political correctness.

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kittenblu June 25 2014 at 8:50 AM

Well, at least North Korea 's leader is worse then ours. Now we are just the 2nd laughing stock.

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Funky Dog June 25 2014 at 8:01 AM

Awww...poor Lil Kim Dung got his feelings hurt. There's nothing that hurts him worse than the truth. He'll probably need to kill a few friends to feel better.

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rrarizona June 25 2014 at 8:30 AM

Obama, Hillary, and Rice - see, finally a video is inciting something, but at this point, "what does it matter?"

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eaglephoenix2 June 25 2014 at 9:52 AM

Send Dinnis Rodman over to tell him the movie makes Dim Dong look like a stud......that's all it takes. The North Korean government ran with an ONION story naming him 'the sexiest man alive' and they all believed it. When it was found out he was made to look like a fool, I bet some heads rolled on that one. Very strange way of controlling the media. It really does seem like we are heading that way here, though. Think about it.

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slackwarerobert eaglephoenix2 June 25 2014 at 10:52 AM

Does the actor have the regulation haircut?
Maybe THAT is the problem, the actor is breaking the law.

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laclone eaglephoenix2 June 25 2014 at 3:32 PM

Send Dennis Rodman over..., and drop him out at about 80,000 feet.

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bigcatdaddy June 25 2014 at 8:41 AM

Care nothing for North Korea or it's jurnior leader, but what if this movie had been about our junior leader, obama?

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Mike June 25 2014 at 9:10 AM

Kim Jong Un should be put on trial for crimes against fashion.

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vernsmaria June 25 2014 at 8:29 AM

Bleep North Korea!

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AYSKOFI June 25 2014 at 7:04 AM

So, what's so funny about this movie? I think this story is simply a sales pitch for what will be, a very disappointing movie. I would describe it more like another load of crap from Hollywood.

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gmartin997 AYSKOFI June 25 2014 at 8:53 AM

Maybe so, but if North Korea is looking for an excuse to go to war, this could do it. Find the bomb shelters!

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modenaro June 25 2014 at 8:29 AM

Liberal Hollywood is as guilty as the rest of the admin & Fed. The changes taking place now will be devistating to recover from.

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