N. Korea Calls Obama a “Monkey in a Forest” as He Threatens to Add Them to The Terror List

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As America moves closer to taking Cuba off the terrorism list, Obama said he would “review” whether to return North Korea to the list, part of a broader government response to a damaging cyber-attack on Sony’s Hollywood studio.

“We have got very clear criteria as to what it means for a state to sponsor terrorism, and we don’t make those judgments just based on the news of the day,” Obama told CNN in an  interview broadcast Sunday.

“We look systematically at what’s been done.”

North Korea was removed from the list six years ago, but it has again regained the attention of the United States after the F.B.I. said extensive evidence linked the North  Korean government to a cyber-attack on Sony Pictures.

The hacking of the studio’s computers, in response to a screwball comedy called “The Interview,” about a plot to assassinate the North Korean leader, Kim Jong­un, started as the stuff of Hollywood gossip but quickly escalated into an assault on an important industry — and the right to freedom of expression.

In a news conference on Friday,  Obama said the United States “will respond proportionately,” but declined to give details.

Sunday was the second day of Obama’s two ­week vacation in Hawaii.

“The president is always briefed on appropriate national security matters. Hawaii is no different,” said Eric Schultz, a White House spokesman. He added,  We’re not going to release any details on our internal briefing process.”

Obama expressed sympathy for Sony, but told Candy Crowley of CNN that he did not consider the cyber-attack to be an act of war. The studio decided to cancel its December premiere of “The Interview” after hackers threatened attacks on  theaters if they showed the comedy.

“I think it was an act of cyber-vandalism that was very costly, very expensive,” Obama said. “We take it very seriously.”

North Korea rejected all accusation by the U.S. Federal Bureau of Investigation that North Korea was behind the cyber attack on Sony Pictures and demanded the United States produce the evidence for its accusation.

“Obama had better thrust himself to cleaning up all the evil doings that the U.S. has committed out of its hostile policy against (North Korea) if he seeks peace on U.S. soil. Then all will be well.”

North Korea also experienced Internet problems. Last weekend and a complete outage of nearly nine hours before links were largely restored on Tuesday.

The Obama Administration said Washington was not involved.

All of this international quarreling started over a movie called “The Interview”.

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