North Korea Just Called Obama A "Monkey"

The Internet fight with North Korea continues. On Saturday, the North Korea government tried pinning its recent widespread Internet outage on the United States, but it wouldn't be a North Korea blame-game without a racial slur or two thrown in for good measure. In a statement released by the state-run Korean Central News Agency, the North Korean government called President Obama "a monkey," compared the United States to a playground bully, and attacked the U.S. government for being an agitator.

"Obama always goes reckless in words and deeds like a monkey in a tropical forest," a spokesperson for the state's National Defence Commission said on Saturday. Unfortunately, this isn't the first time North Korea has used a racial slur against the president, having called Obama "a monkey" in a statement earlier in 2014.

On edge from the recent, mostly online release of The Interview — which was initially canceled by Sony Pictures after anonymous threats targeted U.S. movie theaters — the North Korean government again denounced the film and Obama's unwavering support of it. The statement called the film "dishonest and reactionary" and accused Obama of being the "chief culprit" of "agitating terrorism" against the nation.

The United States, plain and simple, is a bully, North Korea said:

The United States, with its large physical size and oblivious to the shame of playing hide and seek as children with runny noses would, has begun disrupting the Internet operations of the main media outlets of our republic.
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In a separate statement released Saturday, the North Korean government again denied its alleged involvement in the massive cyber attack on Sony Pictures in November. The hack, which was orchestrated by an anonymous group called "Guardians of Peace," compromised the company's internal servers, releasing the personal information of thousands of employees and revealing damaging emails between some of Hollywood's biggest players. The cyber attack also revealed some behind-the-scenes troubles of the upcoming Interview, including comments from global representatives who believed the controversial comedy wouldn't play well overseas.

The FBI and Department of Homeland Security concluded that North Korea was involved with the cyber security breach, citing similarities in malware used in other North Korean cyber attacks. The FBI believes the hack was conducted from a third-party country.

However, not everyone is convinced North Korea is the culprit. Security experts say the evidence is not sound enough to pin the blame on one country. "I think we definitely jumped the gun," David Kennedy, CEO of information security firm TrustedSec, recently told "A lot of [the evidence is] very circumstantial."

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