The government of North Korea has filed a formal protest with the United Nations over The Interview, a film starring Seth Rogen and James Franco about a plot to kill Kim Jong-Un.
In the letter to UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, North Korea's UN Ambassador Ja Song Nam accuses the United States of acting as a sponsor of terrorism and committing an act of war by allowing the production of the film to move forward.
Below, Mashable picks the 12 greatest lines from the fear-inducing letter.
1. “To allow the production and distribution of such a film on the assassination of an incumbent Head of a sovereign State should be regarded as the most undisguised sponsoring of terrorism as well as an act of war.”
2. “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.”
3. “The enemies have gone beyond the tolerance limit in their despicable moves to dare hurt the dignity of the supreme leadership of DPRK.”
4. “A preview of a film on insulting and assassinating the supreme leadership of DPRK is floating in broad daylight in the U.S., a kingpin of international terrorism and its cesspool, shocking the world community.”
The U.S. has gone reckless in such provocative hysteria as to bribe a rogue film-maker into daring to hurt the dignity of the supreme leadership of DPRK.The U.S. has gone reckless in such provocative hysteria as to bribe a rogue film-maker into daring to hurt the dignity of the supreme leadership of DPRK.”
6. “This act of not fearing any punishment from Heaven is touching off the towering hatred and wrath of the service personnel and people of DPRK.”
7. “The above-said practice is, however, a revelation of its fear, as it is taken aback by the bright and rosy future of DPRK under the leadership of the peerless great man and a last-ditch effort of those who are seized by a daydream.”
8. “Absolutely intolerable is the distribution of such a film in the U.S., as it is the most undisguised terrorism and an act of war to deprive the service personnel and people of DPRK of their mental mainstay and bring down its social system.“
9. “The dignified and worthwhile life that the Korean people enjoy at present and the great changes taking place in the country, as well as everything valuable that will belong to the rosy future when the dreams and ideals of the people will come true, would be unthinkable apart from the supreme leadership of DPRK.”
10. “It is their firm determination to mercilessly destroy anyone who dares hurt or attack the supreme leadership of the country even a bit.”
11. “Those who defamed our supreme leadership and committed hostile acts against DPRK can never escape the stern punishment to be meted out according to law, wherever they might be in the world.”
12. “If the U.S. administration connives at and patronizes the screening of the film, it will invite a strong and merciless countermeasure.”
North Korea had previously denounced the film, saying the movie "shows the desperation of the U.S. government and American society."
"A film about the assassination of a foreign leader mirrors what the U.S. has done in Afghanistan, Iraq, Syria and Ukraine," a North Korean government spokesperson said. "And let us not forget who killed [President John F.] Kennedy — Americans.”
Rogen, throughout it all, has taken North Korea’s threats in stride.
People don't usually wanna kill me for one of my movies until after they've paid 12 bucks for it. Hiyooooo!!!— Seth Rogen (@Sethrogen) June 25, 2014
Tags: FILM, NORTH KOREA, US & World, WORLD