This morning the state-owned North Korean news agency said US claims that North Korea is behind the attacks on Sony are groundless slander and offered a joint investigation:
“As the United States is spreading groundless allegations and slandering us, we propose a joint investigation with it into this incident.”
It then warned of serious consequences if the offer is rejected:
“The U.S. should bear in mind that it will face serious consequences in case it rejects our proposal for joint investigation and presses for what it called countermeasures.”
“We have a way to prove that we have nothing to do with the case without resorting to torture, as what the C.I.A. does
This response follows President Obama’s remarks yesterday about the cyberattacks and Sony’s decision to not release the film “The Interview.” He said:
“We will respond, we will respond proportionally, and in a place and time that we choose.”
Fine. Fry North Korea’s computers. Cut off their internet access. Blockade the entire country. Whatever.
But in the meantime, hit ’em with some good ol’ American free speech. Release the damned movie!
Update, Dec. 21, 2014: Still more threats from North Korea this morning:
“The DPRK has clear evidence that the U.S. administration was deeply involved in the making of such dishonest reactionary movie.”
“The DPRK has already launched the toughest counteraction. Nothing is more serious miscalculation than guessing that just a single movie production company is the target of this counteraction. Our target is all the citadels of the U.S. imperialists who earned the bitterest grudge of all Koreans.”
“Our toughest counteraction will be boldly taken against the White House, the Pentagon and the whole U.S. mainland, the cesspool of terrorism.”
Update, Dec. 23, 2014: Sony has announced it will release “The Interview” to a limited number of small, willing theaters, perhaps 200-300, on Christmas Day.