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North Korea: The Korean Central News Agency(KCNA) published Foreign Ministry statement. The statement does not threaten war. Excerpts follow.

"The spokesman for the Foreign Ministry of the Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK) released the following statement Wednesday. The enemies have gone beyond the tolerance limit in their despicable moves to dare hurt the dignity of the supreme leadership of the DPRK."

"A preview of a film on insulting and assassinating the supreme leadership of the DPRK is floating in broad daylight in the U.S., a kingpin of international terrorism and its cesspool, shocking the world community."

The next section of the statement contains a creative description of the film. In summary, it is a reckless provocation. It shows the US has no fear of "Heaven." It is a threat to the mental state of soldiers. It is a threat to the socialist system. It shows the US is afraid of losing and is jealous of the lifestyle of North Koreans. Production and distribution of the film are acts of terrorism and acts of war.

"The dignified and worthwhile life 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 the DPRK."

"That's why they regard the supreme leadership as dearer than their own lives."

"It is their firm determination and stamina to mercilessly destroy anyone who dares hurt or attack the supreme leadership of the country even a bit. Those who defamed our supreme leadership and committed the hostile acts against the DPRK can never escape the stern punishment to be meted out according to law wherever they might be in the world."

"If the U.S. administration connives at and patronizes the screening of the film, it will invite a strong and merciless countermeasure."

Comment: The excerpts are taken from KCNA's English language version of the statement. Apparently Korean language versions are more hysterical. None contain a specific threat of war. The North Koreans have many options for delivering their now famous "merciless countermeasure."

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