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US imposes new sanctions on North Korea over Sony hacking

The United States has imposed new sanctions on North Korea as part of its first response to the cyber attack on Sony Pictures.

The FBI has blamed North Korea for the attack which leaked confidential data from Sony computers.

North Korea has denied the allegation but expressed fury over Sony's comedy The Interview, which features a plot to assassinate leader Kim Jong Un.

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N Korea calls Obama 'monkey' amid hacking row

Kim Jong Un in a picture released by North Korea on Christmas Eve. Credit: Reuters/KCNA

North Korea has issued a statement condemning the United States after the release of "dishonest and reactionary" film The Interview.

In a message reported by the country's state news agency KCNA, Barack Obama's administration was accused of "zealous prodding" and warned of a "miserable fate to be faced by it in the future".

The statement from a spokesperson for the National Defence Commission went on to compare Obama to a "monkey in a tropical forest" and blamed the US for the North Korean internet outage last week, accusing its rival of "not knowing shame like children playing a tag".

With no rhetoric can the U.S. justify the screening and distribution of the movie. This is because "The Interview" is an illegal, dishonest and reactionary movie quite contrary to the UN Charter, which regards respect for sovereignty, non-interference in internal affairs and protection of human rights as a legal keynote, and international laws.

– North Korea National Defence Commission spokesman

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