Today North Korea threatened to conduct a war on US soil due to what it considers “false” accusations of being behind the cyber attack on Sony Entertainment.
“The army and people of the DPRK (North Korea) are fully prepared for a confrontation with the US in all areas of war, including cybernetics,” said the regime of Kim Jong-un in a statement released today.
“Our toughest counter will go to the White House, the Pentagon and the entire continental United States far exceeds the symmetrical counter declared by Obama,” says Pyongyang in the statement.
North Korea reiterated that it has nothing to do with cyber attack on Sony Pictures Entertainment, and even proposed to the Federal Bureau of Investigation US (FBI) to undertake a joint investigation of the facts, but US intelligence ruled out this option.
The reaction from North Korea, who had denied involvement in the case, comes after President Obama announced on Sunday the start of a process to assess whether the communist state should be included, once again, in a blacklist from countries that sponsor terrorism in the wake of Sony cyber attack.
Inclusion on a blacklist represents restrictions on foreign aid, controls on certain exports and various financial restraints and other obstacles.
The cyberattack, which resulted in stolen information, published thousands of emails and data from Sony between late November and early December, and is considered an act of retaliation
against the movie “The Interview”, a comedy about a plot to kill the North Korean dictator Kim Jong-un.
After the attack, the hackers warned that terror would come to theaters that showed the film, prompting the prompting the release of movie to eventually be canceled.
The case has generated intense controversy over blackmail against freedom of expression.