Date
18 December 2017
North Korea's Kim Jong-un oversees a military drill in this file photo. Pyongyang has described a Sony Pictures movie spoof on Kim as part of a plot orchestrated by Washington. Photo: Reuters
North Korea's Kim Jong-un oversees a military drill in this file photo. Pyongyang has described a Sony Pictures movie spoof on Kim as part of a plot orchestrated by Washington. Photo: Reuters

N Korea hits out at new US sanctions after Sony hack

North Korea has slammed new sanctions imposed on it by the US in the wake of the cyber-attack on Sony Pictures Entertainment, the Wall Street Journal reported.

“The persistent and unilateral action taken by the White House to slap ‘sanctions’ against the DPRK patently proves that it is still not [moving] away from inveterate repugnancy and hostility” toward the country, a foreign ministry spokesman in Pyongyang was quoted as saying in a statement.

DPRK refers to North Korea’s official name, Democratic People’s Republic of Korea.

The spokesman repeated North Korea’s denial of responsibility over the hacking attack on Sony Pictures and criticized Washington for refusing an offer of a joint probe into the incident.

The White House on Friday announced sanctions on three North Korean organizations and 10 individuals after the FBI blamed Pyongyang for the cyber-attack on Sony Pictures.

The organizations included Pyongyang’s main intelligence agency, while the ten individuals were said to be involved in arms trade in markets such as Syria and Iran.

The North Korean spokesman said previous sanctions imposed by the US had been ineffective, and that the latest one will be counter-productive.

Sony Pictures had come under a huge cyber-attack and faced other threats after it said it would release the movie “The Interview”, a comedy about a fictional assassination plot against Kim Jong-un, North Korea’s leader.

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