North Korea Blasts James Franco and Seth Rogen ... Again

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Ahead of the film's release, the secretive regime says the stars deserve "stern punishment"

North Korean government-controlled website Uriminzokkiri released a statement on Friday condemning The Interview, ahead of next month's opening of the film by James Franco and Seth Rogen.

A statement, published under a pen name, denounces the film that depicts a farcical mission to assassinate Kim Jong Un, as an "evil act of provocation" that deserves "stern punishment."

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"The cheekiness to show this conspiracy movie, which is comprised of utter distortions of the truth and absurd imaginations, is an evil act of provocation against our highly dignified republic and an insult against our righteous people," it says, going on to criticize the filmmakers.

"The trashy filmmakers, who, won over by a few dollars thrown to them by conspirators, have compromised the dignity and conscience of filmmaking and dared to produce and direct such a film. They must be subject to our stern punishment."

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The writer continues to pity the U.S. for trying to "threaten the authority" of the Stalinist state to little avail:

"How pitiful the U.S. is, desperately scrambling to tear down the authority of our republic that grows mightier by the day, with a shabby movie, now that no pressure or threat has worked."

Columbia Pictures releases the film on Christmas Day.