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North Korea Threatens "Merciless" Retaliation Over James Franco and Seth Rogen's Kim Jong-un Movie The Interview

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James Franco, Seth Rogen, Kim Jong Un
James Franco, Seth Rogen, Kim Jong Un Sony Pictures, Ed Jones/AFP/GettyImages

James Franco and Seth Rogen's upcoming film The Interview is continuing to cause international controversy.

In the comedy, Franco and Rogen play a talk show host and a producer who score an interview with North Korean leader Kim Jong-un and are asked by the U.S. government to assassinate him during their visit to the controversial nation. Now, the Korean Central News Agency reports that the North Korean government is prepared to retaliate if the film is released as planned.

"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," an unnamed spokesperson for the North Korean Ministry of Foreign Affairs said Wednesday, referencing The Interview.

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"If the US administration allows and defends the showing of the film, a merciless counter-measure will be taken," the spokesman was quoted as saying.

North Korea has previously slammed the film for obvious reasons. Earlier this week, a spokesperson for Kim Jong-un confirmed to U.K. media that the dictator will most likely see the movie.

One person who isn't too worried about the international controversy the film is causing is Rogen, who tweeted the other day, "Apparently Kim Jong Un plans on watching #TheInterview. I hope he likes it!"

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