US chides North Korea over Disney display
Wed, 11 Jul 2012 11:09a.m.
The US is urging North Korea to respect intellectual property rights after an unauthorised stage performance of Disney characters at a concert for the reclusive country's new young leader.
But State Department spokesman Patrick Ventrell said that since Washington does not have diplomatic relations with Pyongyang it could not raise the issue as it would in other countries.
He broadly urged North Korea to meet its international obligations.
North Korean state TV this week showed performers dressed as Minnie Mouse, Tigger and other characters dancing against a backdrop of footage from Disney movies, an unusual departure for the isolated nation.
New leader Kim Jong Un has sought to project an image of youth and modernity.
The Walt Disney Co. says it did not authorise the performance.
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