N. Korea blames US for Internet shutdown amid Sony hacking row

N. Korea blames U.S. for Internet shutdown amid Sony hacking row

On Saturday, the country’s top governing body said that Obama was behind the release of “The Interview.”

James Franco, left, and Seth Rogen in "The Interview." (AP Photo/Columbia Pictures, Sony)

James Franco, left, and Seth Rogen in “The Interview.” (AP Photo/Columbia Pictures, Sony)

SEOUL, South Korea – North Korea compared President Barack Obama to a monkey, and blamed the U.S. on Saturday for shutting down its Internet amid the hacking row over the comedy “The Interview.”

North Korea has denied involvement in a crippling cyberattack on Sony Pictures but has expressed fury over the comedy depicting an assassination of its leader Kim Jong Un. Sony Pictures initially called off the release citing threats of terror attacks against U.S. movie theatres. Obama criticized Sony’s decision, and the movie has opened this week.

On Saturday, the North’s powerful National Defence Commission, the country’s top governing body led by Kim, said that Obama was behind the release of “The Interview.” It described the movie as illegal, dishonest and reactionary.

“Obama always goes reckless in words and deeds like a monkey in a tropical forest,” an unidentified spokesman at the commission’s Policy Department said in a statement carried by the official Korean Central News Agency.

It wasn’t the first time North Korea has used crude insults against Obama and other top U.S. and South Korean officials. Earlier this year, the North called U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry a wolf with a “hideous” lantern jaw and South Korean President Park Geun-hye a prostitute. In May, the North’s news agency published a dispatch saying Obama has the “shape of a monkey.”

The defence commission also accused Washington for intermittent outages of North Korea websites this week, which happened after the U.S. had promised to respond to the Sony hack. The U.S. government has declined to say if it was behind the shutdown.

There was no immediate reaction from the White House on Saturday.

According to the North Korean commission’s spokesman, “the U.S., a big country, started disturbing the Internet operation of major media of the DPRK, not knowing shame like children playing a tag.” DPRK refers to the North’s official name, the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea.

The commission said the movie was the results of a hostile U.S. policy toward North Korea, and threatened the U.S. with unspecified consequences.

North Korea and the U.S. remain technically in a state of war because the 1950-53 Korean War ended with an armistice, not a peace treaty. The rivals also are locked in an international standoff over the North’s nuclear and missile programs and its alleged human rights abuses. The U.S. stations about 28,500 troops in South Korea as deterrence against North Korean aggression.


N. Korea blames U.S. for Internet shutdown amid Sony hacking row

  1. Amazing. First the West gets all arrogant over some cheap cheesy movie…..dammit if we make it we’ll FORCE everybody into watching it! How dare they get annoyed!

    Then when they toss insults back…..we’re shocked!

    And as it turns out N Korea had nothing to do with the hack.

    • Who is shocked? No shock expressed above; just straight reporting. And if you go back and reread, you’ll note that throwing about childish insults is typical behaviour for N. Korea, predating the movie (the movie is probably too highbrow for Kim Jong Un).

      No one is making anyone watch the movie – but no one should be prevented from seeing it if they want. Esp. by a manchild and his terror regime.

      As for N. Korea having nothing to do with the hack… maybe I’ve missed something over the holidays, as I haven’t been following the news that closely this past week, but I have yet to see anything saying N. Korea as NOT behind the attack – other than their own assertions.

      • I take it the only news you read is on here?

        Even headlines this am are shocked at the insults of N Korea.

        Who decided on these rules for movie-watching? The West?

        If N Korea is offended by the movie, what right do we have to ‘force’ them into seeing it?

        It’s like trying to force Muslims into being fed anti-Muslim cartoons.

        Who died and made YOU God?

        • Not a single person is advocating that we force N. Koreans into watching the film. The issue is and always has been N. Korea’s attempt to stop the rest of the world from seeing it, should they so choose. N. Korea has no right to censor the globe. (What “rules for movie-watching” are you talking about? The ones in your head? The rest of us don’t follow those.)

          If others are acting shocked, then make that comment there; it makes no sense here as no shock was expressed by the author. Clearly you have no concept of the term “context”.

        • Forcing N. Koreans into watching the movie… are you off your meds? Or just into the Christmas cheer a little early in the day?

          • Making movies [or cartoons] insulting other nations and their leaders is no way to help ‘peace on earth’ Bram.