Promising a “merciless” retaliation, the hermit kingdom of North Korea said today that the release of Seth Rogen and James Franco’s new film entitled The Interview would be considered an “act of war.” North Korean spokesmen had the following to say about why they were so upset.
“Making and releasing a movie on a plot to hurt our top-level leadership is the most blatant act of terrorism and war and will absolutely not be tolerated.”
He added that the “reckless US provocative insanity” of mobilising a “gangster filmmaker” to challenge the North’s leadership was triggering “a gust of hatred and rage” among North Korean people and soldiers.
“If the US administration allows and defends the showing of the film, a merciless counter-measure will be taken,” the spokesman was quoted as saying.
While it’s unlikely that the North Korean people have any idea who Seth Rogen and James Frano are or that such a movie will ever be made or released, the above statement coincided with reports that North Korean has made some improvements to its indigenous missile technologies. However, that also might not be true at all given how spotty news and intelligence out of North Korea is.
Better missiles or not, it remains to be seen if North Korea will declare war on the U.S. or Canada first since Rogen is Canadian and Franco is American but you never know, “merciless” retaliation could arrive in both nations on The Interview’s opening day.