Daniel Doherty

A soon-to-be-released Hollywood film (which I’ve vowed to see on opening night) will mercilessly and hilariously mock the “Supreme Leader” of North Korea. And, therefore, Kim Jong Un and his cronies are very, very upset.

How do I know this? Because his envoy to the United Nations penned a rather alarmist (and, dare I say, ridiculous) letter to UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon urging him to block the film's release, or else.

Or else what?

The North Korean Foreign Ministry had previously warned the U.S. of 'stern' and 'merciless' retaliation if it fails to block the release of the film, which is out on October 14.

Now, in a letter addressed to UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon, North Korea's UN envoy Ja Song-Nam says allowing the film to be made and seen constitutes 'the most undisguised sponsoring of terrorism as well as a war action.'

'The US authorities should take immediate and appropriate action to ban the production and distribution of the film, otherwise it will be fully responsible for encouraging and sponsoring terrorism,' the letter says.

North Korea asked that the letter be circulated as an official document to members of the UN General Assembly and Security Council for their consideration.

Terrorism? Ironically enough, the United Nations is the same deliberative body that found earlier this year that, among other things, the regime's "human rights violations" are so barbaric and so evil they are unparalleled in modern times:

"Systematic, widespread and gross human rights violations have been and are being committed" by the leaders of North Korea against their own people, the U.N.'s Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights declared Monday in a report that goes on to accuse that nation's communist regime of "crimes against humanity."

According to U.N. investigators, "the gravity, scale and nature of these violations reveal a state that does not have any parallel in the contemporary world." They conclude, for example, that "hundreds of thousands of political prisoners have perished" in prison camps over the past five decades.

The High Commissioner's report calls on the U.N. Security Council to "refer the situation in the Democratic People's Republic of Korea to the International Criminal Court."

"The United Nations must ensure that those most responsible for the crimes against humanity committed in the Democratic People's Republic of Korea are held accountable," the report concludes.

As a result, the UN's first order of business should be dealing aggressively with this murderous regime, not placating it.

Let us hope, then, this letter goes unanswered.


Daniel Doherty

Daniel Doherty is Townhall's Deputy News Editor. Follow him on Twitter @danpdoherty.

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