Just a few days ago, the White House hit North Korea with tightened (and fairly meaningless) sanctions as the first part of its multi-step Sony hack retaliation plan. In response, North Korea wants you to know that it is pissed. And that it's really working on hard on its verbal this year.
Considering that both the US and the UN have been slapping North Korea with various sanctions for years, this particular executive order was largely symbolic. But it was still enough to illicit the wrath of North Korea's thesaurus. According to a statement from the state-run news agency:
The policy persistently pursued by the US to stifle the DPRK [North Korea], groundlessly stirring up bad blood towards it, will only harden its will and resolution to defend the sovereignty of the country.
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 towards the DPRK.
The country also called the hacking assertions "absurd," citing the various experts currently vocalising doubts that North Korea actually was behind the attack at all. North Korea also blames the US for its internet outages over the past week, though the White House has yet to comment on the issue.
Either way, it appears that the US will have more up its sleeve, considering these sanctions are just the beginning step. [Bloomberg]