Dec 26, 2014 10:42 PM

N. Korea blames US for Internet shutdown

The Associated Press

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) North Korea has hurled racial slurs against President Barack Obama while blaming the U.S. for shutting down its Internet amid the Sony hacking row.

The North's powerful National Defense Commission said Saturday that Obama was behind the release of Sony Pictures' film "The Interview" and called him a "monkey inhabiting a tropical forest."

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. After Sony initially called off the release in a decision criticized by Obama, the movie has opened this week.

The defense commission also accuses Washington for being responsible for intermittent outages of North Korea websites this week.

The commission says the U.S. will face consequences for its hostility.


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