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US chides DPRK over unauthorized Disney show

2012-07-11 01:08:39 GMT2012-07-11 09:08:39(Beijing Time)  SINA.com

In this image made off DPRK's KRT video footage, top leader Kim Jong Un, second from right, watches performances by new Moranbong band in Pyongyang, Friday, July 6, 2012. Mickey Mouse and Winnie the Pooh took the stage during the concert for Kim in an unusual performance featuring Disney characters. (AP Photo/KRT)

In this image made off DPRK's KRT video footage, new Moranbong band and performers dressed as America's cartoon characters perform in Pyongyang, Friday, July 6, 2012. Mickey Mouse and Winnie the Pooh took the stage for new leader Kim Jong Un, in an unusual performance featuring Disney characters. (AP Photo/KRT)

The U.S. is urging the Democratic People's Republic of Kora (DPRK) to respect intellectual property rights after an unauthorized stage performance of Disney characters at a concert for the country's new young leader.

But State Department spokesman Patrick Ventrell said Tuesday 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 DPRK to meet its international obligations.

DPRK state TV this week showed performers dressed as Minnie Mouse, Tigger and other characters dancing against a backdrop of footage from Disney movies. New leader Kim Jong Un has sought to project an image of youth and modernity.

The Walt Disney Co. says it did not authorize the performance.

(Agencies)

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