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North Korea calls James Franco and Seth Rogen movie an 'act of war'

Relations between the United States and North Korea are hitting new lows due to heated tempers in Pyongyang dealing with a Hollywood movie which has a plot of assassinating North Korean leader Kim Jong Un. North Korea has called “The Interview” an "act of war" and has demanded the United States ban its release reported Al Jazeera on June 25, 2014.

United States and South Korean Joint live fire military exercise to prepare for any potential action from North Korea.
United States and South Korean Joint live fire military exercise to prepare for any potential action from North Korea.
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In "The Interview” James Franco and Seth Rogen play characters who are caught up in a plot to assassinate North Korean leader Kim Jong Un. This film is supposed to be a comedy but North Korea does not find it to be very amusing. Pyongyang has vowed to unleash a “merciless countermeasure” against the United States if the U.S. government does not ban the movie’s release.

This movie is scheduled for debut in theaters in October. In the story Franco is a talk show host and Rogen is his producer. The two of them land a rare opportunity to interview Kim Jong Un. The CIA than recruits them to assassinate him. North Korea’s official KCNA news agency has said a spokesman for the Foreign Ministry said the making and releasing of a movie which has a plot to hurt North Korea's top-level leadership is a blatant act of terrorism and war and will definitely not be tolerated.

When Rogen heard about North Korea’s displeasure with his upcoming movie he wrote on Twitter: “Apparently Kim Jong Un plans on watching #TheInterview. I hope he likes it!!” However, North Korea's leadership still does not appear to be amused. North Korea has been continuing as usual to refer to the U.S. as made up of “imperialist warmongers.”

North Korea is continuing to say if "The Interview" is actually released this will be considered an "act of war" reports CBC News. A spokesman for North Korea's Foreign Ministry has said in state media that if the U.S. government fails to block the movie's release it will face "stern" and "merciless" retaliation. The North Korean spokesman has referred to this movie as a sign of "reckless U.S. provocative insanity."

Unfortunately, it appears North Korea is serious about all of this and efforts should be taken in both the US government and private sectors to open up discussions about this matter with Pyongyang in order to avoid a dangerous escalation of tensions between both countries surrounding of this movie. A literal shooting war in Korea in this era would be catastrophic for everyone.