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North Korea says U.S. ‘citadels’ will be attacked

In a dispatch through state media, North Korea is issuing a warning shot toward the United States, insisting the U.S. government was behind the making of “The Interview.”

While North Korea has denied any involvement in the hack of Sony, it accuses President Barack Obama of “symmetric counteraction,” according to CNN.

“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,” a report on state-run KCNA read.

The National Defense Commission, led by Kim, warned that its 1.2 million-member army is ready to use all types of warfare against the U.S.

“Our toughest counteraction will be boldly taken against the White House, the Pentagon and the whole U.S. mainland, the cesspool of terrorism,” the report said, adding that “fighters for justice” including the “Guardians of Peace” — a group that claimed responsibility for the Sony attack — “are sharpening bayonets not only in the U.S. mainland but in all other parts of the world.”

North Korea says the film was not solely the work of private individuals.

“The DPRK has clear evidence that the U.S. administration was deeply involved in the making of such dishonest reactionary movie,” it said.

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North Korea and the U.S., which fought each other in the 1950-53 Korean War, remain technically in a state of war because the conflict ended with an armistice, not a peace treaty. The U.S. stations about 28,500 troops in South Korea to deter aggression from North Korea.

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