By Emily Blake
Updated December 27, 2014 at 11:18 AM EST
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North Korea has condemned President Barack Obama for encouraging Sony Pictures Entertainment to release The Interview.

According to the BBC, North Korea’s National Defence Commission issued a statement on Saturday that read: “U.S. President Obama is the chief culprit who forced the Sony Pictures Entertainment to ‘indiscriminately distribute’ the movie and took the lead in appeasing and blackmailing cinema houses and theatres in the U.S. mainland to distribute the movie.”

They went on to call The Interview, a comedy centered on the assassination of North Korean leader Kim Jong-un a “dishonest and reactionary movie hurting the dignity of the supreme leadership of the DPRK [North Korea] and agitating terrorism,” according to the BBC.

According to CNN, state-run Korean Central News Agency said on Saturday, “If the U.S. persists in American-style arrogant, high-handed and gangster-like arbitrary practices despite the repeated warnings of the DPRK, the U.S. should bear in mind that its failed political affairs will face inescapable deadly blows.”

After Sony initially decided to cancel the Christmas theatrical release of the Seth Rogen/James Franco comedy, Obama said he thought the decision was “a mistake,”

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