On Saturday, after a week of massive internet outages throughout their country, North Korea’s National Defense Commission (NDC) released a fiery statement that likened President Obama to a “monkey” and threatened the United States with “inescapable deadly blows” for releasing The Interview, a political satire about an assassination attempt on North Korean dictator Kim Jong-Un.
“Obama always goes reckless in words and deeds like a monkey in a tropical forest,” a spokesman for the NDC’s policy department said in a statement published by the North’s official KCNA news agency.
“If the US persists in American-style arrogant, high-handed and gangster-like arbitrary practices despite (North Korea’s) repeated warnings, the US should bear in mind that its failed political affairs will face inescapable deadly blows,” the NDC spokesman said.
Though Washington has denied involvement in North Korea’s internet outage, many have speculated they came as a counterattack over the recent Sony pictures hack by the group calling themselves “Guardians of Peace” who strongly objected to Kim Jong-Un’s portrayal in the movie and threatened movie theaters screening it with “9/11 style” attacks. Shortly after, the FBI attributed the hack to North Korea, an accusation they roundly rejected, demanding the United States provide evidence of their guilt or “face the consequences.”
Despite initial hesitation, Sony did release The Interview on Christmas Day to independent theater outlets brave enough to screen it and also made available for rent online. In the NDC statement, North Korea roundly condemned Sony’s decision, describing the movie as a design “for agitating terrorism produced with high-ranking politicians of the US administration.” The NDC also accused President Obama of inspiring Sony to release The Interview against their wishes.
The Interview took in an estimated 1 million dollars on its Christmas Day release.