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N. Korea slams S. Korean film on landing operation during Korean War

All Headlines 21:27 August 19, 2016

SEOUL, Aug. 19 (Yonhap) -- North Korea on Friday lashed out at a South Korean movie about the landing operation that turned the tide of the 1950-53 Korean War in favor of the U.S.-led U.N. forces, calling it an anti-North Korean film.

North Korea also claimed that the movie justified what it calls reckless armed provocations against the North and aggression by the U.S. and South Korea, incited war hysteria and hurt the North's political system.

"This is nothing but a traitorous and anti-reunification campaign to incite bad blood toward the compatriots in the North among South Korean youth ... and drive the frozen North-South relations into an uncontrollable catastrophe," an unidentified spokesman for the Central Committee of the Film Workers Union of Korea said in an English-language statement carried by the country's official Korean Central News Agency.

The North's angry reaction came as "Operation Chromite," a story about the daring amphibious landing operation, has gained popularity across South Korea.

Seoul was captured by North Korea only three days after the North invaded the South on June 25, 1950.

The landing operation turned the tide of the Korean War in favor of the U.S.-led U.N. forces. The war ended in a ceasefire, not a peace treaty.

It is not the first time that North Korea has taken issue with a movie critical of its regime.

In 2014, the U.S. blamed North Korea for hacking Sony Pictures to stop the Christmas Day release of "The Interview," a lowbrow comedy movie involving a fictional plot to assassinate North Korean leader Kim Jong-un.

North Korea has condemned the movie as the "most undisguised" sponsoring of terrorism. It has denied involvement in the cyberattack, though it lauded it as a "righteous deed."

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