North Korea lashed out at the U.S. on Sunday for imposing new sanctions in retaliation for its suspected role in the cyberattack against Sony Pictures, saying the move shows the White House’s “inveterate repugnancy and hostility” toward the nation.
In a statement carried on the state-run Korean Central News Agency, a spokesman for the foreign ministry again denied the nation was behind the attack, largely seen as a response to Sony’s The Interview, a satirical comedy involving a plot to assassinate North Korean dictator Kim Jong Un.
The reclusive nation accused Sony of producing a “disgusting movie openly agitating terrorism against a sovereign state.” It also claimed the U.S. is “kicking off a noisy anti-DPRK campaign, deliberately linking the ‘cyber terror’ with the DPRK,” referring to North Korea’s official name, Democratic People’s Republic of Korea.
“The U.S. anti-DPRK hostile act … is aimed to save its face and tarnish the image of the DPRK in the international arena at any cost,” the statement said.
Obama signed an executive order Friday for the new sanctions citing “the provocative, destabilizing, and repressive actions and policies of the Government of North Korea, including its destructive, coercive cyber-related actions during November and December 2014.”The new measures come on top of previous sanctions designed to punish North Korea over its nuclear weapons program. Indeed, three of the North Korean entities sanctioned Friday were already on the Treasury Department sanctions list. Ten individuals — including North Korean agents operating in Namibia, Russia, Iran, Syria and China — were added to the list.