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.