North Korea has threatened a “resolute and merciless” response against the US unless it bans a film about an attempt to assassinate the country’s leader, Kim Jong-un.
In its first official comment on The Interview, a comedy directed by Evan Goldberg, North Korea warned the US government that failure to stop the film being released would be considered an “act of war”.
In the film, Seth Rogen and James Franco play celebrity TV journalists who secure an exclusive interview with Kim, but are then recruited by the CIA to assassinate him.
— Seth Rogen (@Sethrogen) June 20, 2014
The film had sparked “a gust of hatred and rage” among the North Korean citizens and soldiers, the official said, although ordinary North Koreans are probably unaware of its existence and, with very few exceptions, will never get to see it.
And it has directly touched a nerve with Kim Jong-Un.
Well that’s fucking great, cheers America.