Will North Korea Really Declare War Over Seth Rogen's 'The Interview'?
Has Seth Rogen just started World War 3?
Well, this would certainly make high school text books more interesting. North Korea has threatened to reap "merciless" retaliation on the US if they do not ban the Seth Rogen and James Franco comedy movie The Interview. The notorious government issued a statement about the film, which stars the Hollywood actors as journalists tasked with assassination Kim Jong-un.
The government said that the country considers the movie "an act of war" and a "wanton act of terror," also labelling Rogen a "gangster filmmaker".
Published by state-run KCNA news agency, the foreign ministry spokesperson said: "The act of making and screening such a movie that portrays an attack on our top leadership... is a most wanton act of terror and act of war, and is absolutely intolerable."
North Korea said that failure to ban the release of the film on 14 October in the US would result in a "resolute and merciless response" from the country.
The official statement follows quotes from North Korean spokesperson Kim Myong-chol's earlier this week.
Speaking to The Telegraph, Myong-chol said: "There is a special irony in this story line as it shows the desperation of the US government and American society.
"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 [President John F.] Kennedy - Americans. In fact, President [Barack] Obama should be careful in case the US military wants to kill him as well/"
Rogen doesn't seem too perturbed by the threats. His last two tweets read:
"People don't usually wanna kill me for one of my movies until after they've paid 12 bucks for it. Hiyooooo!!!"
"F*ck the po-lice."