The AP, Dec. 27, 2014:
North Korea called President Barack Obama “a monkey” and blamed the US on Saturday for shutting down its internet services amid the hacking row over The Interview.
North Korea has denied involvement in a crippling cyberattack on Sony Pictures but has expressed fury over the comedy depicting an assassination of its leader Kim Jong-un. After Sony Pictures initially called off the release in a decision criticised by Obama, the movie has opened this week.
On Saturday, the North’s powerful National Defence Commission, the country’s top governing body led by Kim, said that Obama was behind the release of The Interview. It described the movie as illegal, dishonest and reactionary.
“Obama always goes reckless in words and deeds like a monkey in a tropical forest,” an unidentified spokesman at the commission’s policy department said in a statement carried by the official Korean Central News Agency.
He also accused Washington for intermittent outages of North Korean websites this week, after the US had promised to respond to the Sony hack.
There was no immediate reaction from the White House on Saturday.