North Korea cyber attack threats were issued in response to the Communist nation being blamed for The Interview Sony hack. Late Sunday evening, Kim Jong Un’s nation accused President Barack Obama of “recklessly” spreading gossip that points fingers at Pyongyang.
The National Defense Commission of North Korea release said that the Pentagon, the White House, and even the “whole U.S. mainland” is nothing more than a “cesspool of terrorism.” As previously reported by the Inquisitr, The Interview release was cancelled, after major theaters refused to show the comedy flick based upon the assassination of Kim Jong Un. Another movie based on North Korea starring Steve Carrel, Pyongyang, has also been halted.
The North Korea statement also said, “Our toughest counteraction will be boldly taken against the White House, the Pentagon and the whole U.S. mainland… by far surpassing the ‘symmetric counteraction’ declared by Obama.”
There are reportedly 1.2 million soldiers in the North Korean army, and Kim Jong Un’s troops are allegedly prepared to “use all types of warfare” against the United States. The Communist dictator considered The Interview assassination comedy an act of war, and Sony cyber hackers calling themselves the Guardians of Peace threatened a 9/11-style attack at any movie theater showing the film.
The North Korea cyber attack threats were issued just several hours after President Obama said that he was considering placing the Communist country back on the State Department list of “state sponsors of terror.” The country was on the list for 20 years, until the Bush administration removed North Korea in 2008 during nuclear negotiations. During a Friday press conference, Obama said he would “respond proportionately” to the cyber attack at Sony.
North Korea can only be placed upon the state sponsors of terror list again if the State Department determines that the country has repeatedly supported “acts of international terrorism.” Such phrasing has reportedly only applied to nations which have engaged in “violent physical attacks” in the past, and not cyber attacks.
The president deemed the cyber hacking incident at an “act of cybervandalism,” which was “very costly” and “very expensive.” Obama stopped far short of calling the cyber attack or North Korea cyber threats acts of war.
“We’re going to review those through a process that’s already in place. I’ll wait to review what the findings are,” Obama concluded during a CNN interview.
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