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North Korea says Kim assassination comedy an 'act of terror'

Published on Jun 25, 2014 3:05 PM
A screengrab from the trailer of the upcoming movie The Interview, a comedy starring James Franco and Seth Rogen as two celebrity journalists sent to kill North Korea supremo Kim Jong Un. -- PHOTO: YOUTUBE

SEOUL (AFP) - North Korea on Wednesday denounced a new Hollywood comedy about an assassination bid on leader Kim Jong-Un as a "wanton act of terror" and warned of a "merciless response" unless the US authorities banned the film.

The Interview stars Seth Rogen and James Franco as two celebrity journalists who land an interview with Kim and are then tasked by the Central Intelligence Agency with killing him.

The film is due to be released in the United States on Oct 14.

In a statement carried by North Korea's official KCNA news agency, a foreign ministry spokesman said the film was the work of "gangster moviemakers" and should never be shown.

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