In another round of execution, North Korean regime headed by Kimg Jong-un has reportedly burned one man alive while executing many others using other methods. (Photo: Reuters)
In another round of execution, North Korean regime headed by Kimg Jong-un has reportedly burned one man alive while executing many others using other methods. (Photo: Reuters) Reuters

North Korea has lashed out at United States for imposing new sanctions. According to recent reports, North Korea has criticized U.S. for slapping restriction which were imposed as a retaliation to the country's alleged involvement in the Sony cyberattack.

An official statement was released on Sunday by North Korea's officials which states that recent sanctions reflect White house's "inveterate repugnancy and hostility toward the DPRK,", referring to Democratic People's Republic of Korea. "The policy persistently pursued by the U.S. to stifle the DPRK, groundlessly stirring up bad blood toward it, would only harden its will and resolution to defend the sovereignty of the country," said the official spokesman, as reported by AP News.

State owned media Korean Central News Agency is also calling the move by U.S. as 'repressive and hostile'. Their spokesman has reportedly said that the new sanctions would not weaken the country's 1.2-million-strong military. North Korea has consistently denied any involvement in Sony cyberattack which had crippled Sony Pictures resulting in various confidential data and unfinished scripts leaking out to public.

The fresh sanctions have come as add-ons to a set of restrictions already in place against North Korea over its nuclear weapons program. These restrictions are levied by U.S. president Barack Obama as a retaliation for paralyzing the Sony Pictures' internal system and threatening the cinema goers by 9/11 style attack.

As reported earlier, Sony Pictures' internal system got hacked on Nov 24 last year. A hacking gang 'Guardians of Peace' has taken the responsibility which temporarily paralyzed Sony. The hacking was reportedly done to portray their protest against one of the Sony's upcoming movie "The Interview" which was slated for Christmas release.

"The Interview" is a fictional comic plot revolving around two CIA agents' hilarious attempt to assassinate North Korean leader Kim Jong Un. Sony hacking was followed by threat of attacking those cinemas which will showcase the controversial movie. Witnessing the fear of cinema owners and safety of people, Sony cancelled its Christmas release. U.S. President Barack Obama reportedly later intervened and called for its scheduled release. Sony ultimately released the movie through a limited number of cinema halls and online streaming service.

Meanwhile, intelligence agency F.B.I. has pointed out fingers at North Korea for its direct involvement in the Sony cyberattack. Despite the claims by F.B.I, various cyber security experts have started doubting North Korea's involvement in the massive cyber scandal.

USA Today reports that there are various reasons to doubt that it was a North Korean job. "North Korea has never before demonstrated any advanced hacking capabilities," told Scott Borg, director of the non-profit U.S. Cyber Consequences Unit. Another cyber security firm Norse is claiming that it is the handiwork of six former disgruntled employee of Sony group who have the experis and familiarity with technical aspects of Sony as well.

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