North Korea Drama a "Slanderous Farce" Says... North Korea

By Gary Cutlack on at

A forthcoming drama about North Korea's nuclear weapons programme has been criticised by the regime before it's even been broadcast, with an NK spokesman saying that "hooligans and rogues under the guise of artistes" are disrespecting the country.

And to be fair, it does sound a little strange. Channel 4 drama Opposite Number is based around the troubles of a British nuclear scientist who's been kidnapped by the North Koreans and forced to work on its weapons programme, featuring "...opposing CIA and MI6 agents secretly deployed on the ground in Pyongyang."

According to a statement by North Korea's Policy Department of the National Defence Commission, the filming of the series is: "...nothing but a conspiratorial charade painting a wrong picture of the DPRK's reality as it is based on a sheer lie intended to give impression that the DPRK's nuclear treasured sword for self-defence was manufactured by 'illegally acquiring' nuclear technology from Britain." [Guardian]