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N. Korea Files UN Complaint Over American Movie

North Korean leader Kim Jong Un (C) visits the Kumsusan Palace of the Sun at midnight on Tuesday on the occasion of the 20th anniversary of the demise of President Kim Il Sung in this photo released by North Korea's Korean Central News Agency (KCNA) July 8, 2014.
North Korean leader Kim Jong Un (C) visits the Kumsusan Palace of the Sun at midnight on Tuesday on the occasion of the 20th anniversary of the demise of President Kim Il Sung in this photo released by North Korea's Korean Central News Agency (KCNA) July 8, 2014.
Yonho Kim

North Korea has written a letter of complaint to the United Nations over an upcoming U.S. movie that depicts an attempted assassination of its leader, Kim Jong Un.

The North’s Ambassador to the United Nations, Ja Song Nam, sent a letter voicing Pyongyang's objections to U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon late last month.

Ambassador Ja wrote the production and distribution of the movie The Interview should be regarded as “the most undisguised sponsoring of terrorism, as well as an act of war.”

He also urged the United States to “take immediate appropriate actions” to ban the production and distribution of the action comedy or be fully responsible for encouraging and sponsoring terrorism.

North Korea requested the ambassador's letter be circulated as a document of the General Assembly, under UN provisions on eliminating international terrorism.

Pyongyang first made public complaints about the movie late last month after its official trailer was published online. The Interview is set to be released this October.

The plot centers around two celebrity journalists in the U.S. who land an interview with Kim Jong Un and are then ordered by the CIA to assassinate him.

This report was produced in collaboration with the VOA Korean service. Jee Abbey Lee contributed to this story.

 

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