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North Korea Condemns U.K. TV Series as ‘Despicable Burlesque’

North Korea says production of Channel 4 political thriller is a 'hostile act'

LONDON — The government of North Korea has condemned a TV political thriller about the country that has been commissioned by U.K. public broadcaster Channel 4.

The series, “Opposite Number,” centers on a British nuclear scientist who is taken prisoner in North Korea. It has been penned by British playwright and screenwriter Matt Charman, who wrote the original script for Steven Spielberg’s upcoming Cold War movie.

SEE ALSO: U.K.’s Channel 4 Detonates North Korean Thriller ‘Opposite Number’

In a statement, North Korea’s National Defense Commission spoke about the drama as “malignantly slandering” the country, and said it was “a conspiratorial charade painting a wrong picture” of the country.

It said the country’s nuclear weapons — referred to as the “treasured sword for self-defense” — were produced due to its “own efforts, technology and resources from A to Z.”

The statement said the TV series “is based on a sheer lie intended to give the impression that (North Korea’s) nuclear treasured sword for self-defense was manufactured by ‘illegally acquiring’ nuclear technology from Britain.”

It described the producers as being “hooligans and rogues under the guise of artistes,” but adds that the British government was actually behind the series. “The gravity of the situation lies in that this despicable burlesque is being orchestrated at the tacit connivance, patronage and instigation by Downing Street,” it said, referring to the London residence of the U.K. Prime Minister, David Cameron.

“This mud-slinging is a premeditated politically motivated provocation and deliberate hostile act to hurt the dignity of the supreme leadership and tarnish the sovereign authority of (North Korea) and its international image,” it said.

It urged the British “authorities” to scrap the drama and “punish the chief culprits.”

It signs off with the chilling line: “(The U.K. government) would be well advised to judge itself what consequences would be entailed if it ignores (North Korea’s) warning.”

In June, North Korea denounced Seth Rogen and James Franco’s movie “The Interview,” about a plan to kill its premier Kim Jong-un, describing it as a “wanton act of terror,” and said there would be a “merciless response” if the U.S. government failed to outlaw the film.

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