North Korea Lashes Out Against U.S. Sanctions For Sony Hack

North Korea lashed out at the United States on Sunday, calling a new set of recently levied economic sanctions repugnant and hostile.

North Korea’s Foreign Ministry had this to say about the new sacntions, “The policy persistently pursued by the U.S. to stifle (North Korea), groundlessly stirring up bad blood towards it would only harden its will and resolution.

This statement comes off the United States hitting North Korea with new sanctions after the FBI said it was behind last month’s hack at Sony. The FBI has maintained North Korea was behind the broad computer breach at Sony, though some technology experts say others could be involved — such as former employees of the studio.

U.S. administration officials said the individuals targeted by Friday’s sanctions are not thought to be responsible for the Sony hack. This is instead an act to try and stymie their business prospects.

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