22nd December,2014: North Korea has threatened strikes against the White House, Pentagon and â€œthe whole US mainland, that cesspool of terrorismâ€, accusing Barack Obama of â€œrecklesslyâ€ spreading rumours of a Pyongyang-orchestrated cyber-attack on Sony Pictures.
Such rhetoric is routine from North Korea’s massive propaganda machine during times of high tension with Washington.
But the long statement from the powerful National Defence Commission also underscores Pyongyang’s sensitivity at a movie whose plot focuses on the assassination of its leader Kim Jong Un, the beneficiary of a decades-long cult of personality built around his family dynasty.
The US blames North Korea for the cyber-attack that escalated to threats of terror strikes against American cinemas and caused Sony to cancel The Interview’s release.
President Obama, who promised to respond â€œproportionatelyâ€ to the attack, told CNN’s State of the Union that Washington as reviewing whether to put North Korea back on its list of state sponsors of terrorism.
Source: Independent News