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N Korea pledges attack on US for Sony hack accusations

Promised targets include White House, Pentagon, ‘whole US mainland’

N Korea pledges attack on US for Sony hack accusations
Pyongyang denounced the US as a ‘cesspool of terrorism’ and vowed attacks on the White House and other targets.

North Korea has pledged "attacks" on the US, following accusations that the isolated nation was responsible for the 22 November cyber-attack on Sony Pictures Entertainment, the BBC reported.

"The army and people of the DPRK [Democratic People's Republic of Korea] are fully ready to stand in confrontation with the US in all war spaces including cyber warfare space," said a statement issued through the state-run Korean Central News Agency.

"Our toughest counteraction will be boldly taken against the White House, the Pentagon and the whole US mainland, the cesspool of terrorism, by far surpassing the 'symmetric counteraction' declared by Obama."

Pyongyang's threats were the culmination of a months-long row that began with North Korea's letter of protest to the UN over a Sony Pictures comedy called "The Interview", which tells the story of a CIA plot to assassinate North Korean leader, Kim Jong Un. The cyber-attack on Sony Pictures came a month before the movie was due for release and resulted in the crippling of the company's network for longer than a week, as well as the theft of personal and corporate data.

After a lengthy FBI investigation, US officials laid the blame at Pyongyang's door. Kim's government issued an immediate denial and demanded a joint investigation with the US. The request was rejected.

North Korea said it also "estimates highly the righteous action" taken by the Guardians of Peace, the group that claimed responsibility for the Sony attack, but said it was "not aware of where they are".

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