The United States has been furiously denounced by North Korea for imposing sanctions in return for the alleged cyber-attack by the Pyongyang regime on Sony Pictures. It was reiterated by the foreign ministry of North Korea that it didn’t have anything to do with the breach that occurs in tens of thousands of Sony’s business files and emails. Furthermore, the ministry also accused the US for trying to direct hostility towards Pyongyang ‘groundlessly’. They said that the country had about 1.2 million strong military that wouldn’t be weakened by the new sanctions. The unnamed spokesman was quoted as saying that the US government was trying to stir up bad blood towards North Korea and the country will do everything to defend itself.
10 government officials of North Korea were sanctioned by the US on Friday along with three organizations, which also include the primary intelligence agency of Pyongyang and the arms dealer that’s run by the state. This was defined as the opening move by the White House as a response to the cyber-attack carried out at Sony. This is the first time that sanctions have been imposed by the US on another country in order to retaliate for hacking into an American firm.
The president, Barack Obama, also said that the country was considering whether it should put up authoritarian rule back on the list of terrorism state sponsors. North Korea also expressed its fury over the Sony comedy movie, The Interview, which portrays a fictional CIA plot for killing Kim Jong-un. It was referred to as an ‘act of terror’ and said that even though they hadn’t carried out the hack attack on Sony, but it was a ‘righteous deed’. The cyber community has been plagued with doubts regarding the involvement of North Korea in the hacking of Sony Pictures.
It has been asserted by a number of experts have questioned as to how conclusive fingers can be pointed by the FBI because the culprits could be hackers or even people inside Sony itself. A joint investigation has been demanded by Pyongyang regarding the attack and said that the guilty conscience of the US is proved through its rejection of the proposal. It said that the US was simply seeking another pretext for isolating North Korea. There may be limited impact of the sanctions as the country is already under tough international and US sanctions regarding its missile and nuclear programs.
Sony’s computer were exposed to the cyber-attack in November, which resulted in the distribution of information on the internet concerning its unreleased films and employees along with some embarrassing and confidential in-house emails. Threats were also mounted by the hackers against Sony over the company’s planned release of The Interview on Christmas. Initially, the firm had decided to call off the release, but the decision had been criticized by Obama so it had gone ahead with the distribution to limited cinemas and published it on the internet. After the attack on Sony, North Korea suffered from several internet blackouts in December.