North Korean officials from the National Defence Commission sent a letter to President Barack Obama officially protesting the release of the James Franco and Seth Rogen film “The Interview” on Thursday, according to reports in the Voice of Korea.
In the letter, which marks the second time North Korea has lodged a letter to formally complain about the film, officials from the powerful National Defence Commission are said to have complained that the film insults Kim Jong Un, Voice of America reported, citing multiple diplomatic sources.
The action comedy portrays a fictional attempt by the CIA to assassinate Kim Jong Un, and stars Seth Rogen and James Franco as a hapless TV film crew tasked with the job.
While the White House has not yet been reached for comment, Voice of America quotes National Security Council spokesman Patrick Ventrell as having commented that “The views [in the movie] are obviously those of the film-maker and the producer of the film but we don’t have any role in that.”
“They are free to do whatever they want to do artistically,” he continued.
A spokesman for North Korea’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs denounced the film in June, denouncing it as “terrorism” and calling those who produced the film “gangster-like scoundrels”.
While the “The Interview” is scheduled to be released in October, North Korea’s foreign ministry spokesman said that Pyongyang would retaliate if the film is shown.
North Korea’s response to the film has proved a significant public relations boost for the film’s producers, with producer, writer and actor Seth Rogen responding to some of Kim’s comments on Twitter saying, “Apparently Kim Jong Un Plans on watching #TheInterview. I hope he likes it!”.
The National Defence Commission’s complaint is North Korea’s most recent contact with the White House, having denounced President Obama recently as a “wicked black monkey” in a racist KCNA article published in May.
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