Full Text of Statement From North Korea’s National Defence Commission

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North Korea on Monday lashed out at Barack Obama, the FBI and Sony Pictures Entertainment as it once again denied any involvement in the corporate hacking that led to the cancellation of “The Interview.” Its National Defence Commission issued a statement full of bluster and accusations.

Full text of statement from North Korea’s National Defence Commission

U.S. Urged to Honestly Apologize to Mankind for Its Evil Doing before Groundlessly Pulling up Others

Pyongyang, December 21 (KCNA) — The Policy Department of the National Defence Commission of the DPRK issued the following statement Sunday:

Strange thing that happened in the heart of the U.S., the ill-famed cesspool of injustice, is now afloat in the world as shocking news.

The Sony Pictures Entertainment, the biggest movie producer in the U.S., which produced the undesirable reactionary film “The Interview” daring hurt the dignity of the supreme leadership of the DPRK and agitating even terrorism and had a plan to distribute it, was exposed to surprisingly sophisticated, destructive and threatening cyber warfare and has been thrown into a bottomless quagmire after suffering property losses worth hundreds of millions of dollars.

The public in the U.S. is now describing this case as “disgrace suffered by Sony Pictures Entertainment,” “very sorry thing caused by the U.S.,” “Sony Pictures Entertainment showing a white flag before hackers” and the “unprecedented disaster suffered by the U.S.”

Those who meted out a stern punishment of justice were reported to be cyber experts styling themselves “guardians of peace”.
Seized with terrible horror and threat in face of their merciless hacking attack in retaliation against unjust actions, many movie and drama distributors in North America including 41 states of the U.S. and Canada immediately canceled the screening of the reactionary movie. And it was reported that the Sony Pictures Entertainment which directly sponsored its production and distribution hastily issued a statement on Dec. 25 that it would suspend the screening of the undesirable movie which had been planned in 63 countries.

The NDC of the DPRK highly estimates the righteous action taken by the “guardians of peace,” though it is not aware of their residence.

It, at the same time, considers as fortunate the step taken by the Sony Pictures Entertainment to give up the overall distribution of the above-said movie due to the decision and strong pressure of the movie and drama distributors for stopping the screening of the reactionary movie, though belatedly.

This is an official stand of the army and the people of the DPRK on what happened in the heart of the U.S.

This stand is taken by the DPRK because the movie “The Interview” is an undesirable and reactionary one justifying and inciting terrorism which should not be allowed in any country and any region.

Another reason is that the movie is run through with a story agitating a vicious and dastardly method of assassinating a head of a legitimate sovereign state.

No wonder, even political and social circles of the U.S. commented that it is quite wrong to defame the head of the state for the mere reason that his politics is different from that of the U.S. and it is in the hostile relationship with the latter and, therefore, the Sony Pictures Entertainment got into a serious trouble and paid a due price.

For these reasons, the DPRK is more highly praising the “guardians of peace” for their righteous deed which prevented in advance the evil cycle of retaliation– terrorism sparks terrorism.

It is quite natural that the movie and drama producers should refrain from undesirable deeds contrary to the noble mission to lead morality and civilization.

But what matters is that the U.S. and its followers are groundlessly trumpeting that the recent cyber attack was made by the DPRK.

The FBI issued the results of the investigation into the hack at the Sony Pictures Entertainment on December 19.
According to them, it suffered tremendous losses.

One may say this is the due price incurred by wrong deed, the evil act of hurting others.

The U.S. released a statement asserting that this loss was caused by the DPRK.

No matter how big and disgraceful the loss may be, the U.S. should not pull up others for no reason.

The FBI presented a report on the results of technical analysis of hacking program used by the “guardians of peace” for this attack, citing it as the ground that the serious hacking was caused by the DPRK.

The report says the malignant code had access to north Korea’s IP already known several times and the hacking methods applied in the “March 20 hacking case” and during cyber warfare against media and various other computer networks in south Korea in recent years are similar to that applied against the Sony Pictures Entertainment this time, being another ground that “this was done by the north”.

The report, in particular, adds that the malignant code and algorithm applied during the attack are similar to what was used during the hacking attack on south Korea, citing it as a proof.

Not satisfied with those groundless “evidence”, the FBI is letting loose ambiguous remarks that it is hard to fully prove due to the “protection of sensitive information sources.”

This means self-acknowledgement that the “assertion about the north’s deed” came from an intentional allegation rather than scientific evidence.

It is a common sense that the method of cyber warfare is almost similar worldwide. Different sorts of hacking programs and codes are used in cyberspace.

If somebody used U.S.-made hacking programs and codes and applied their instruction or encoding method, perhaps, the “wise” FBI, too, could not but admit that it would be hard to decisively assert that the attack was done by the U.S.

Moreover, the DPRK has never attempted nor made a “cyber-attack” on south Korea. The rumor about “cyber-attack” by the DPRK was a concoction made by the south Korean puppet regime and its plot.

After all, the grounds cited by the FBI in its announcement were all based on obscure sci-tech data and false story and, accordingly, the announcement itself is another fabrication. This is the DPRK’s stand on the U.S. gangster-like behavior against it.

What is grave is that U.S. President Obama is recklessly making the rumor about “DPRK’s cyber-attack on Sony Pictures” a fait accompli while crying out for symmetric counteraction, strict calculation and additionally retaliatory sanctions.

This is like beating air after being hit hard. A saying goes every sin brings its punishment with it. It is best for the guilty to repent of its evil doings and draw a lesson when forced to pay dearly for them.

The DPRK has clear evidence that the U.S. administration was deeply involved in the making of such dishonest reactionary movie.
It is said that the movie was conceived and produced according to the “guidelines” of the U.S. authorities who contended that such movies hurting the dignity of the DPRK supreme leadership and inciting terrorism against it would be used in an effective way as “propaganda against north Korea”.

The U.S. Department of State’s special human rights envoy went the lengths of urging the movie makers to keep all scenes insulting the dignity of the DPRK supreme leadership in the movie, saying it is needed to “vex the north Korean government”.

The facts glaringly show that the U.S. is the chief culprit of terrorism as it has loudly called for combating terrorism everywhere in the world but schemed behind the scene to produce and distribute movies inciting it in various countries of the world.

It is not exaggeration to say in the light of the prevailing situation that the U.S. administration and President Obama looking after the overall state affairs of the U.S. have been behind the case.

Can he really cover up the crimes he has committed by trying so hard to falsify the truth and turn white to black.

So we watched with unusual attention what had been done by the “guardians of peace” to avert terrorism and defend justice.

Yet, we do not know who or where they are but we can surely say that they are supporters and sympathizers with the DPRK.
The army and people of the DPRK who aspire after justice and truth and value conscience have hundreds of millions of supporters and sympathizers, known or unknown, who have turned out in the sacred war against terrorism and the U.S. imperialists, the chieftain of aggression, to accomplish the just cause.

Obama personally declared in public the “symmetric counteraction”, a disgraceful behavior.

There is no need to guess what kind of thing the “symmetric counteraction” is like but the army and people of the DPRK will never be browbeaten by such a thing.

The DPRK has already launched the toughest counteraction. Nothing is more serious miscalculation than guessing that just a single movie production company is the target of this counteraction. Our target is all the citadels of the U.S. imperialists who earned the bitterest grudge of all Koreans.

The army and people of the DPRK are fully ready to stand in confrontation with the U.S. in all war spaces including cyber warfare space to blow up those citadels.

Our toughest counteraction will be boldly taken against the White House, the Pentagon and the whole U.S. mainland, the cesspool of terrorism, by far surpassing the “symmetric counteraction” declared by Obama.

This is the invariable toughest stand of the army and people of the DPRK.

Fighters for justice including “guardians of peace” who turned out in the sacred drive for cooperation in the fight against the U.S. to defend human justice and conscience and to dismember the U.S. imperialists, the root cause of all sorts of evils and kingpin of injustice, are sharpening bayonets not only in the U.S. mainland but in all other parts of the world.

The just struggle to be waged by them across the world will bring achievements thousands of times greater than the hacking attack on the Sony Pictures Entertainment.

It is the truth and inevitability of the historical development that justice prevails over injustice.

Whoever challenges justice by toeing the line of the biggest criminal U.S. will never be able to escape merciless punishment as it is the target of the sacred drive for cooperation in the fight against the U.S.

The U.S. should reflect on its evil doings that put itself in such a trouble, apologize to the Koreans and other people of the world and should not dare pull up others.

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  1. Drew says:

    Bloody Hell, whomever wrote that sure does know how to waffle on…and on…and on…and on. Oh and by the way, every sentence doesn’t require a new paragraph ffs.

  2. Sam says:

    “Strange thing that happened in the heart of the U.S., the ill-famed cesspool of injustice, is now afloat in the world as shocking news.”
    I thought I might laugh all night at that. Somehow I managed to stop. Sadly, the rest of the diatribe got better (or rather, less awful) linguistically and dampened my fun. But at least there is that gem, which reads like a machine translation.

  3. Larry Tedesco says:

    These idiots have nuclear weapons. The threat of Islamic terrorism pales in comparison. The North Korean regime needs to be removed by any means necessary for the sake of its own people and the rest of the planet.

  4. jim says:

    gobblyguck;the more they talk the less u believe them

  5. jim says:

    Well we’ve had movies that killed Presidents-and no one complained. A movie that killed the French President; and no one complained. A movie about killing Bin Laden-no one said anything about that either.
    Nope, the DPRK WAS involved, and by pulling the movie we’ve caved to cyber-terrorism. Wait until another movie is released with some subject that someone doesn’t like. It will happen again-and again-and again.

  6. Jon says:

    From North Korea’s perspective, they are absolutely right. The only area where I think they fail is the accusation that the US Government had as much input into ‘The Interview’ as they claim. Here, NK needs to supply their own proof.

    I wonder if Hollywood’s elite… would ever mock and then kill Benjamin Netanyahu, the Prime Minister of Israel, in a film or just how supportive the US Government would be of such an endeavor. Sony drew first blood (killing a real living person in a work of fiction sickens me). The US has made serious accusations based on the circumstantial evidence they have publicized. Our government are the experts on NK and so they knew full well the reaction NK would have, the reaction from China as well as the private reactions from our enemies – which now includes Russia.

    If we’re to go after North Korea, let’s not do so in such a passive-aggressive manner. It sickens me that our government continues to instigate with nebulous ‘intelligence’. It bothers me that Big Business continues to run the political decisions of this country. It’s also to the benefit of a big corporation like Sony to blame a nation-state in order to sidestep their own reckless behavior in all of this – which includes a near complete disregard to security.

  7. Barry says:

    I’ve never heard a more rambling bunch of nonsense in my life. I couldn’t finish reading this whole diatribe put out there by a country that tortures their people, incites other peaceful nations with aggression, lies, and belligerent rhetoric. I think the US should use all of it’s resources to find the criminals that did this and put them where they belong as well as find a way to bring North Koreas internet infrastructure to it’s knees. It can’t possibly be in use for anything productive.

  8. Andrew Houde says:

    These guys are simply crazy. I do think it was them that did it too, no one else cared about the movie.
    They need to calm down and stop talking and not pull anything else before the U.S. has to consider more options other than angry talk.

  9. Dan Schermerhorn says:

    Sounds like somebody ‘s been drinking the Kool-Aid…

  10. Fully demented message. Although I too, do not think that North Korea had anything to do with the cyber-attack, it is nevertheless an overdrawn and pompous one at that.
    I wonder who takes the actual time to write such rubbish. Propaganda in the purest Stalinist style, with no style, no intelligence, and above all, no sense for real Diplomacy.
    A five year old brat would lash out like this, not indeed an adult leader, who is used to use his own head for a change.
    Even though some U.S. assessments may be out of place and misinformed (we still remember the excuses made in order to invade Iraq), they could be easily countered with much more effective, but moderate language (perhaps also delivering actual proof that North Korea was not concerned).
    But this is just Kindergarten banter.
    If I were a Statesman I would just ignore it… But that’s me…

  11. alanparker@rediffmail.com says:

    Sounds like the US has been very successful in deflection attention away from the details of torture that were beginning to leak out. And the sheeple fell for it.

  12. AJ says:

    Why is a North Korean statement riddled with the rhetoric of western religions (sin and punishment) and western military idioms (toe the line) ?

  13. teire says:

    Reads like a parody, and suspiciously similar to the Guardians of Peace missives the North Korean government had nothing to do with.

  14. John Shea says:

    Sounds like the villain’s speech from a really bad movie.

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