WORLD-North Korea issues threats to US
PYONGYANG –– North Korea has threatened unspecified attacks on the United States in an escalation of a war of words following the Sony Pictures cyberattacks.
In a fiery statement, North Korea warned of strikes against the White House, Pentagon and “the whole US mainland”.
North Korea denies American claims it is behind cyberattacks linked to a film that features the fictional killing of its leader Kim Jong-un.
North Korea has a long history of issuing threats against the United States.
The latest statement comes days after America formally accused North Korea of orchestrating a massive cyberattack on Sony Pictures.
“The army and people of the DPRK [North Korea] are fully ready to stand in confrontation with the US in all war spaces, including cyberwarfare space,” a long statement carried by the official Korean Central News Agency said.
It accused President Barack Obama of “recklessly making the rumour” that North Korea was behind the Sony attack.
Separately, North Korea said it would not attend this evening’s United Nations Security Council meeting discussing the country’s human rights record.
Last week, the UN General Assembly passed a resolution calling on the Security Council to refer North Korea to the International Criminal Court to face charges of crimes against humanity. A United Nations report released in February revealed ordinary North Koreans faced “unspeakable atrocities”, including “deliberate starvation, forced labour, executions, torture” and political repression.
China, North Korea’s main international ally, is expected to block any move against the country.