North Korea Has a Problem With This Ridiculous Dance Video Featuring Kim Jong Un

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Citing "a source in China," the Chosun Ilbo reports that "the North feels the clip, which shows Kim dancing and Kung-Fu fighting, 'seriously compromises Kim's dignity and authority.'"

The newspaper says that after North Korea asked China to stop the video from spreading, "Beijing was unable to oblige."

North Korea Considers the Release of This Movie to be an "Act of War"

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This latest comedy by Seth Rogan and James Franco is stirring up some serious anger from North Korea. Gee, I wonder why? I mean, it's not like North Korea is known for its irrational approach to international diplomacy and extreme hatred for America...

Speaking to the state media agency KCNA, a North Korean foreign ministry spokesperson said that releasing it would be "an act of war" and promised "merciless" retaliation. Commenting on the premise of the film, the spokesperson said that "making and releasing a movie on a plot to hurt our top-level leadership is the most blatant act of terrorism and war and will absolutely not be tolerated."

While the threats may be worrying for the filmmakers, it is certainly giving them a lot of free PR. The threats are also well-timed as the trailer of The Interview was recently released earlier in June.

Thanks for the headsup, Daily Dot!

Video Game of the Day: Kim Jong-Un to Star in His Very Own Video Game

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Atlanta-based Moneyhorse Games created a side-scrolling video game that will be available soon for PCs and mobile devices. It features North Korea's Kim Jong-Un gallivanting through forests on unicorn and dashing through the streets of Pyongyang, battling U.S. paratroopers. Kim Jong-Un's noted bestie Dennis Rodman will also be involved.

Prank Artist of the Day: First Professional Kim Jong-un Impersonator

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A musician from Hong Kong, William, has come to realize that he has an uncanny resemblance to the North Korean leader, Kim Jong-un. With the growing infamy of the dictator, everyone is in shock and awe when William hits the street in character.

Lights Out

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You didn't think Kim Jong Un wouldn't have a say in all this madness, did you?

North Korea News of the Day

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North Korea News of the Day
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A slice of good news from North Korea today. And by "good" we mean better than hearing about human rights violations, and by "North Korea" we mean the place where this story came from.

Supreme leader Kim Jong Un reversed a 20-year-old rule -- implemented by Papa Bear himself -- banning women from riding bicycles. The law was originally mandated after Oh Hye Young, the daughter of National Defence Commission vice-chair Oh Geuk Ryeol, was killed by an automobile while riding a bicycle in the 1990s. The law was never strictly enforced outside Pyongyang, but it was still on the books, which means the old regime wasn't going to budge.

Ultimately, this change probably doesn't represent even a microscopic shift in ruling ideology, but at least Mr. Jong Un woke up on the right side of the bed one day, realized it was 2012 -- or whatever year their calendar claims it is -- and concluded that women can ride bicycles responsibly. Hooray for progress!

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