North Korea threatens US over hacking claims


North Korea has threatened to take action against the US as the fallout from the recent cyber attack on Sony Pictures Entertainment continues to escalate.

In a lengthy statement released on KCNA, North Korea’s state run news agency, officials in Pyongyang claim to have “clear evidence” that Washington was heavily involved in devising the plot of the movie The Interview, which portrays the assassination of North Korean leader Kim Jong-un.

The fiercely worded statement makes a series of unspecified and somewhat vague threats against “the whole US mainland”, which it calls a “cesspool of terrorism” and hits out at President Obama for “recklessly” spreading rumours regarding the involvement of North Korea in the hacking of Sony.

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The statement goes on to say that North Korea had “already launched the toughest counteraction” in response to the movie, without actually stating what this might be.

“Nothing is more serious miscalculation than guessing that just a single movie production company is the target of this counteraction. Our target all the citadels of the US imperialists who earned the bitterest grudge of all Koreans,” the rhetoric continued.

“The army and people of the DPRK are fully ready to stand in confrontation with the US in all war spaces, including cyber warfare to blow up those citadels.”

The statement comes just days after President Obama and the FBI publicly accused North Korea for the cyber attack on Sony.

Source: KCNA

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