By John Shammans
North Korea has issued a threat to attack US landmarks after claiming to have proof that the government was behind the controversial movie The Interview.
The yet-to-be-released film, starring James Franco and Seth Rogan, has been thrust into the centre of a row between North Korea and the US after hackers attacked Sony’s computer systems.
The plot of the comedy eventually sees dictator Kim Jong Un be assassinated.
A statement from the state news agency KCNA said: “Nothing is a more serious miscalculation than guessing that just a single movie production company is the target of this counteraction.
“Our target is all the citadels of the US imperialists who earned the bitterest grudge of all Koreans.
“The army and people of the DPRK are fully ready to stand in confrontation with the US in all war spaces including cyber warfare space to blow up those citadels.”
The cyber attack, which North Korea still claim no responsibility for, led some cinemas in the States to withdraw from screening the movie, due to be released this week.Sony are understood to be considering YouTube as a possible distributor for the film.
Michael Lynton, Sony Pictures’ chief executive, told CNN: “We would still like the public to see this movie, absolutely.
“There are a number of options open to us. And we have considered those, and are considering them.
“We have always had every desire to have the American public see this movie.”