By Rebecca Shabad - 06/25/14 08:18 AM EDT
North Korea said Wednesday that a forthcoming American comedy about a plot to assassinate leader Kim Jong Un should be regarded as an “act of war.”
An unidentified spokesman for North Korea’s foreign ministry warned in state media about the consequences of the movie’s release without naming the film, The Associated Press reports.
If the U.S. government doesn’t block the film’s release, the foreign ministry’s spokesman said the U.S. will face “stern” and “merciless” retaliation. The film would be considered an "act of war that we will never tolerate," the spokesman added.
The “reckless U.S. provocative insanity,” the spokesman said, has launched “a gust of hatred and rage” in North Korea.