With the impending release of The Interview, North Korea is cracking down on the film by filing a complaint to the United Nations. In The Interview, the movie’s stars Seth Rogen and James Franco are television journalists who are sent by the CIA to assassinate North Korean dictator Kim Jong-Un.
According to a letter addressed to U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, North Korea’s U.N. Ambassador Ja Song Nam accuses the United States for “sponsoring terrorism” and committing “an act of war” by letting the film be made.
“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,” Ja wrote.
“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.”
Set to release on October 10, this isn’t the first time The Interview has angered North Korean officials. Kim Myong-chol, executive director of the Centre for North Korea–U.S. Peace, has previously stated that the film “shows the desperation of the US government and American society.”
Still though, it appears that Rogen isn’t too worried. While he and co-star Franco have yet to comment on this development, Rogen previously tweeted this response after hearing what North Korean officials had to say about his film.
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