A new Hollywood comedy about assassinating North Korean dictator Kim Jong-Un has been taken by Kim's regime as a "declaration of war."
The film, entitled "The Interview," stars James Franco and Seth Rogen and is set to release this October. In it, the two actors play talk show hosts who are invited to interview Kim, a fan of their show. The US government then enlists them to assassinate Kim, played by Korean-American actor Randall Park, during the interview.
A preview of the film can be seen here:
Apparently the North Koreans weren't laughing about the movie.
A foreign ministry spokesman was quoted in the country's official KCNA news agency on Wednesday calling it an "act of terrorism," and threatening a "merciless counter-measure" if the US did not ban the film.
"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," the spokesperson was quoted as saying.
Another spokesperson for Kim spoke to the Telegraph, saying the film exhibited the "desperation" of the US government and American society.
Kim Myong-Chol, executive director of the Center for North Korea-US Peace, added "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 (former US President John F.) Kennedy – Americans."
"In fact, (US) President (Barack) Obama should be careful in case the US military wants to kill him as well," said Kim.
Kim added that Kim Jong-Un probably will still watch the film, to which actor Rogen wrote on his Twitter account "I hope he likes it!!"
The North Korean dictator has been behind some incredibly harsh human rights violations, which have often strayed into the bizarre, like the order he issued in March mandating that all North Koreans must have his "Dear Leader" haircut.
A UN report released in February found that the atrocities committed by Kim's regime against his own people are "strikingly similar" to those of the genocidal Nazi regime in World War II. The report added that "the gravity, scale and nature of these violations reveal a state that does not have any parallel in the contemporary world."
Kim has also threatened nuclear war on his southern neighbor and Japan.
Nevertheless, a North Korean representative at the UN Human Rights Council (UNHRC) in Geneva on Tuesday attacked Israel, saying "the deteriorating situation of human rights and the deteriorating situation of women and children in the region concerns us. We condemn the siege on Gaza, the spreading of settlements, and the building of the (security) wall."