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North Korea urges MGM to stop screenings of Die Another Day

16-Dec-2002 • Die Another Day

North Korea on Saturday urged the United States to stop showing the 20th James Bond feature film, calling it a "dirty and cursed burlesque aimed to slander (North Korea) and insult the Korean nation...," said the Secretariat of the Committee for the Peaceful Reunification of the Fatherland.

The MGM studio hit, starring Pierce Brosnan (news) and Halle Berry "clearly proves" the United States is "the root cause of all disasters and misfortune of the Korean nation" and is "an empire of evil," said the committee, which deals with South Korean affairs.

Its statement was reported by North Korea`s official Korean Central News Agency.

In his latest adventure, Bond takes a hovercraft through the heavily fortified frontier dividing North and South Korea. He is caught and tortured in North Korea before being released in a prisoner exchange.

The movie has also irked South Koreans, who especially object to a scene where Bond has sex in a Buddhist temple.

The movie, which does not open in Seoul theaters until year`s end, also shows a farmer tilling his field with a cow, which Korean critics say makes the country appear backward.

"The United States should stop at once the show," the North Korean statement said, because it describes "the DPRK as part of an `axis of evil`, inciting inter-Korean confrontation, groundlessly despising and insulting the Korean nation and malignantly desecrating even religion."

The DPRK is an acronym for North Korea`s official name, the Democratic People`s Republic of North Korea.

The United States is "the headquarters that spreads abnormality, degeneration, violence and fin de siecle corrupt sex culture," the statement said.

Thanks to Umpire for the alert

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