North Korea has compared President Barack Obama to a monkey and blamed the US for shutting down its Internet amid the hacking row over the movie The Interview. The North's powerful National Defense Commission, which is led by Kim Jong Un and is the country's top governing body, said Obama was behind the release of the film. It described the movie as illegal, dishonest, and reactionary. "Obama always goes reckless in words and deeds like a monkey in a tropical forest," an unidentified spokesman at the commission's Policy Department said in a statement carried by North Korea's official Korean Central News Agency.
The defense commission also blamed Washington for intermittent outages of North Korean websites this past week, which happened after the US had promised to respond to the Sony hack. The US government has declined to say if it was behind the shutdown, and there was no immediate reaction from the White House on Saturday. According to the North Korean commission's spokesman, "the US, a big country, started disturbing the Internet operation of major media of the DPRK, not knowing shame like children playing tag." DPRK refers to the North's official name, the Democratic People's Republic of Korea. The commission said the movie was the result of a hostile US policy toward North Korea, and threatened the US with unspecified consequences. (Read more North Korea stories.)