North Korea is not happy with the United States after the FBI pointed the finger firmly at the country for the Sony Pictures security breach. President Barack Obama quickly jumped on board calling out the country for its involvement.

“They caused a lot of damage. We will respond. We will respond proportionally and we will respond in a place and a time and a manner that we choose,” the president said. “We are working up a range of options and they will be presented to me.”

“We have no indication that North Korea was acting in conjunction with any other country,” the president said, killing suspicions that the DPRK received assistance from China or other hostile government actors in its wide-ranging cyber attack.

In its latest statement, North Korea lashed out at the U.S. and the White House. Such rhetoric is hardly new from the isolated country, but it underlines just how much the North Korean government dislikes what the U.S. is doing. North Korea’s National Defense warned that it would act against the U.S. if it needs to stating:

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

North Korea, for its part, vehemently denies any involvement in the recent hack of Sony Pictures, even going as far as offering its help with the investigation. The United States is having none of it.

“As the United States is spreading groundless allegations and slandering us, we propose a joint investigation with it into this incident,” North Korea’s foreign ministry said according to KCNA state television. “Without resorting to such tortures as were used by the CIA, we have means to prove that this incident has nothing to do with us.”

The U.S. is having none of it. National security spokesman Mark Stroh issued the following statement after the proposal:

“We are confident the North Korean government is responsible for this destructive attack… If the North Korean government wants to help, they can admit their culpability and compensate Sony for the damages this attack caused.”

With the latest North Korea threats against the White House, what happens next is anyone’s guess as the country has long history of unpredictability in foreign affairs.

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