Internet outages: North Korea lashes out at US, likens Obama to "monkey"

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Pyongyang, Dec 27: North Korea on Saturday accused the US of causing disruption in its internet service to retaliate against its alleged hacking attack on Sony. It even called US President Barack Obama "a monkey" while blaming him for the release of "The Interview".

Sources in the Policy Department of the National Defense Commission led by leader Kim Jong-un said Pyong Yang was not involved in the cyber attack on Sony Pictures Limited as the FBI has alleged. North Korea said the US was behind engineering the internet outages that took place in the isolated country last week, an NBC News report said.

N Korea slams US, insults Obama

A statement issued by the state-run media of North Korea said: ""In actuality, the U.S., a big country, started disturbing the internet operation of major media of the DPRK (the Democratic Republic of Korea) not knowing shame like children playing a tag," according to the NBC News report.

Officials in the US denied that their country had any hands in the internet outages in North Korea.

North Korea slammed President Obama over the release of "The Interview", a political comedy depicting the fictional murder of Kim Jong-un. Pbama had criticised Sony after the latter said it would not release the film after a number of theatres refused to screen it in the face of threat from hackers.

The North Korean statement said Obama always went reckless in words and deeds like a money in a tropical forest. Many in the US felt that the decision to stall the film's release meant surrendering to the terrorists.

The film left the North Korean authorities livid and Sony Pictures found itself at the receiving end of a cyber attack that exposed private emails and releasing the film to pirating sites.

"Obama always goes reckless in words and deeds like a monkey in a tropical forest," the statement said. It also accused the U.S. of "gangster-like arbitrary practices" and warned "the U.S. should bear in mind that its failed political affairs will face inescapable deadly blows."

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