The Daily Fix: North Korea Calls Obama ‘Monkey’ as Country’s Internet Goes Out Again
In the midst of new Internet and 3G mobile phone network outages reported today, North Korea has blamed the United States for shutting down the country’s Internet earlier this week.
Additionally, a National Defense Commission spokesman hurled a racist insult to add fuel to the cyber attack fire, telling the Korean Central News Agency, “Obama always goes reckless in words and deeds, like a monkey in a tropical forest.”
It’s the latest dustup in the recent conflict between the hermetic nation and the United States, which seems to be centered around the Sony Pictures movie The Interview, the plot of which included a fictional plot to kill North Korean leader Kim Jong-un. A cyber attack and threats on Sony led the studio to pull the film from theaters, and the U.S. blamed North Korea for hacking the studio.
The movie was released Christmas Day in a limited number of theaters and online. According to USA Today, an NDC spokesman released a statement denouncing the U.S. screening, calling it a “dishonest and reactionary movie hurting the dignity of the supreme leadership of the DPRK [North Korea] and agitating terrorism.”
North Korea has denied involvement in the Sony hacks.
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