North Korea is now threatening the U.S. with blowing up the White House and the Pentagon in an evolving battle with Sony Pictures’ intended release of The Interview.
A report from the country’s state-run media, KCNA, is published by CNN. It reveals that in spite of North Korea denying having anything to do with hacking Sony Pictures’ emails, it’s set on issuing serious threats against the United States. Apparently the cyber attack group that refers to themselves as Guardians of Peace has “clear evidence” that the U.S. government was actually behind the making of Sony Pictures’ The Interview. The film was eventually yanked by the studio from appearing in theaters over fears of possible terrorist attacks.
The DPRK [North Korea] warns America that U.S. “citadels” will be attacked. Part of KCNA’s statement is seen here.
“The DPRK has already launched the toughest counteraction. Nothing is more serious miscalculation than guessing that just a single movie production company is the target of this counteraction. Our target is all the citadels of the U.S. imperialists who earned the bitterest grudge of all Koreans.
“The army and people of the DPRK are fully ready to stand in confrontation with the U.S. in all war spaces including cyber warfare space to blow up those citadels.”
The statement has some strong accusations against the U.S.
“The cesspool of terrorism, by far surpassing the ‘symmetric counteraction’ declared by Obama,” another portion of the report from KCNA read.
It adds that the “toughest counteraction will be boldly taken against the White House, the Pentagon and the whole U.S. mainland.”
The communist dictatorship sees the making of The Interview, starring James Franco and Seth Rogan, as an act of war instigated by the U.S. They believe by creating a film about the assassination of North Korea’s dictator, Kim Jong Un, that it’s propaganda.
Regardless of production for The Interview being the work of private individuals, the North Korean government states they have “clear evidence that the U.S. administration was deeply involved in the making of such dishonest reactionary movie.”
On Friday, the FBI pointed blame at North Korea for the cyber attacks against Sony Corp. Since the attack, damaging emails have been leaked online that have exposed a bit of scandal involving some of Hollywood’s biggest A-list celebrities. BBC News reports, however, that the FBI’s evidence “hasn’t fully been laid out.” It points out that the FBI is careful not to say whether the cyber attacks were “controlled” within North Korea. For his part, President Obama announced there’s no sign that another country has been a part of the hacking.
President Obama calls threats from North Korea “an act of cyber vandalism,” not an act of war.
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