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HONG KONG – North Korea has blasted the latest round of sanctions imposed by the U.S. as “repugnant” and “hostile.”

Sony Pictures Entertainment produced a disgusting movie openly agitating terrorism against a sovereign state only to invite bitter censure and criticism of public at home and abroad. But the U.S. is kicking off a noisy anti-DPRK campaign, deliberately linking the ‘cyber terror’ with the DPRK,” said the country’s Foreign Ministry in a statement Sunday (Jan. 4).

The statement refers to the studio’s controversial comedy “The Interview,” about two American TV journalists who assassinate North Korean leader Kim Jong-un. The DPRK stands for the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea, the official name of the communist country.

The statement accused the U.S. of wrongly linking the Sony hacking with North Korea and said that many countries and media had “clarified their negative stand on the U.S. absurd assertions.” It also described the U.S. refusal to agree to a joint investigation into the hacking of SPE as “[bringing] to light its ulterior motive prompted by its guilty conscience.”

“The persistent and unilateral action taken by the White House to slap ‘sanctions’ against the DPRK patently proves that it is still not away from inveterate repugnancy and hostility toward the DPRK,” the statement continued.

“Now is the time for the U.S. to know that its sanctions did not weaken the DPRK but proved counterproductive as shown by the DPRK’s measures to further sharpen the treasured sword of Songun.”

Songun is a Kim-dynasty policy emphasizing military priority over all other aspects of society.