A spokesman for North Korea’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs issued a statement Wednesday via the Korean Central News Agency (KCNA) condemning the U.S. film “The Interview” as ‘terrorism’.
The statement, which represents the first time North Korea has officially commented on the action-comedy, strongly criticized the film’s storyline, which focuses largely on the attempted assassination of Kim Jong Un.
“We can never forgive their explicit terrorist, provocative deed of producing a film whereby they publicly mirrored the aspiration to assassinate our highest political leader in order to decimate the key philosophy of our military and people and to get rid of our system,” the spokesman said in Korean, calling those who produced the film “gangster-like scoundrels.”
“The international community cannot disguise disturbance after watching the movie trailer that portrays Americans, the best example of terrorists, mocking and assassinating our Highest Dignity (Kim Jong Un) in broad daylight of the United States,” the statement added.
While the “The Interview” is scheduled to be released in October, North Korea’s foreign ministry spokesman said that North Korea would retaliate if the film is shown.
“If the U.S. Government condones the screening of the film, they will have their consequences. Those criminals who mocked our leader and committed hostile crimes against our People’s Republic will be punished according to the law—wherever they hide on this globe,” the spokesman said.
North Korea often interprets negative representations of its leadership as a significant provocation. In 2012 North Korean state media called Australian paper the Brisbane Metro “petty thieves” for describing it as “naughty Korea”.
But surprisingly, North Korea did not issue a statement in 2004 regarding action-comedy film, “Team America: World Police”, in which Kim Jong Il and North Korea were repeatedly mocked.
“The Interview” was condemned last Friday by an unofficial spokesman of North Korea. Executive director of The Centre for North Korea-U.S. Peace Kim Myong-chol told the Telegraph, “There is a special irony in this storyline as it shows the desperation of the U.S. government and American society.”
Film producer, writer and actor Seth Rogen had responded to some of Kim’s comments on Twitter saying, “Apparently Kim Jong Un Plans on watching #TheInterview. I hope he likes it!”
— Seth Rogen (@Sethrogen) June 20, 2014
Translation by Hong Won Choi
Image: The Interview
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