North Korea has slammed the U.S. government, after it imposed new economic sanctions on the Kim Jong Un regime as payback for the massive Sony Pictures hack attack – even though the frankly iffy allegation that the Norks were behind the assault remains widely open to doubt.
Earlier today, Pyongyang reiterated in a statement from an unnamed spokesman for North Korea's foreign ministry that it was not behind breach, according to the Associated Press, citing the state-run Korean Central News Agency.
The U.S. Federal Bureau of Investigation has claimed to have uncovered evidence linking North Korea to the harmful hack on struggling film studio Sony Pictures late last year.
"The policy persistently pursued by the U.S. to stifle the DPRK, groundlessly stirring up bad blood toward it, would only harden its will and resolution to defend the sovereignty of the country," he was quoted as saying.
The official also claimed that the sanctions displayed the U.S. government's "inveterate repugnancy and hostility" towards Pyongyang.
As The Register reported on Friday, President Barak Obama's administration claimed that its latest sanctions would send a message to the Norks.
U.S. Treasury Secretary Jacob Lew said it "will further isolate key North Korean entities and disrupt the activities of close to a dozen critical North Korean operatives." ®