TORONTO — North Korean officials said Wednesday the release of Seth Rogen’s comedy The Interview “will invite a strong and merciless countermeasure.”
A spokesman for the country’s foreign ministry called the movie “the most undisguised terrorism and a war action.”
The B.C.-shot film, also starring James Franco, involves a plot to assassinate North Korean leader Kim Jong-un.
The North Korean official warned: “If the U.S. administration connives at and patronizes the screening of the film, it will invite a strong and merciless countermeasure.”
Rogen co-wrote and co-directed The Interview with fellow Vancouver native Evan Goldberg.
Last week, an unofficial spokesperson for North Korea’s dictator said the movie “shows the desperation of the US government and American society.”
Kim Myong-chol, executive director of The Centre for North Korea-US Peace, reportedly told The Telegraph: “A film about the assassination of a foreign leader mirrors what the US has done in Afghanistan, Iraq, Syria and Ukraine. And let us not forget who killed Kennedy — Americans.”
The Interview is due for release in October.
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