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North Korea Complains To The UN's Ban Ki Moon About Seth Rogen Comedy

11/07/2014 13:39 BST | Updated 11/07/2014 13:59 BST

Hey, remember when North Korea got all uppity about the new Seth Rogen and James Franco comedy?

“A wanton act of terror and act of war… absolutely intolerable” a foreign ministry spokesman called The Interview, which is about an assassination bid on supreme leader Kim Jong Un.

Well, they aren’t letting it drop.

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The film is set to be released in the US on 10 October

Now, United Nations ambassador Ja Song Nam has written to UN secretary general Ban Ki Moon to complain.

The letter, cited by Reuters, complains: “To allow the production and distribution of such a film on the assassination of an incumbent head of sovereign state should be regarded as the most undisguised sponsoring of terrorism, as well as an act of war.

“The United States authorities should take immediate and appropriate actions to ban the production and distribution of the aforementioned film, otherwise it will be fully responsible for encouraging and sponsoring terrorism.”

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UN secretary general Ban Ki Moon has been drawn into the row

The move comes weeks after a North Korea foreign ministry spokesman called for the film to be banned.

Kim Myong Chol, an executive director of The Centre for North Korea-US Peace and “unofficial spokesman” for the regime had earlier slammed the film and uttered these sinister comments:

He told The Telegraph: "There is a special irony in this storyline 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."

It stars James Franco as a TV host and Seth Rogen as his producer, with the plot seeing the pair being sent to the Communist state to assassinate Kim after landing an interview with him.

The movie is scheduled for release in the US on 10 October and provided it doesn't trigger a war, it's likely this is all splendid publicity...