(CNN) — North Korea insists that it was not behind a damaging cyber attack on Sony Pictures and it’s warning of “serious consequences” if the United States retaliates against it.
Just hours after President Obama landed in Hawaii Friday night for the Christmas holiday, the regime lashes out via its state-run television. With all of its usual bluster, the regime slams the U.S. government’s investigation of the Sony hack as “childish,” that North Korea is being “framed,” saying it can prove its innocence “without using any torture methods like the American CIA.”
Those digs come in response to President Obama that the evidence points to Pyongyang. “They caused a lot of damage and we will respond,” he said at his final press conference of the year right before leaving for Hawaii. ” We will respond proportionally and we’ll respond in a place and time and manner that we choose.”
North Korea directly rebuked the President, saying it is the one who should respond, after insults to its supreme leader, but adds it “will not conduct terror against innocent moviegoers” rather target the “originators of the insult.”
The Sony movie “The Interview” and the hack at the studio also got North Korea’s bankroller and ally, China, to respond.
In China’s state-run Global Times, an editorial calls the movie’s “vicious mocking of Kim … senseless cultural arrogance,” and that China was once a punching bag for Hollywood, but now that the Chinese market sits as “a gold mine for U.S. movies,” the teasing shifts to impoverished North Korea.
The North Koreans end their fiery rebuttal to President Obama by curiously suggesting the countries work together in a mutual investigation to find the real culprits. The regime says if America refuses, it will be met with serious consequences.