North Korea says linking cyber attack to Pyongyang is 'ridiculous'

Pauline Gross
May 20, 2017

The U.S., meanwhile, has condemned North Korea's continued nuclear and missile testing.

"The U.S. should mind that the DPRK nuclear striking capability will be strengthened and developed at a rapidly high speed as long as the U.S. insists (on) its anti-DPRK policy, nasty nuclear threats and blackmails, sanction and pressure", Kim said.

North Korea's deputy United Nations envoy said on Friday "it is ridiculous" to link Pyongyang with the WannaCry "ransomware" cyber attack that started to sweep around the globe a week ago or the hacking of a U.N. expert monitoring sanctions violations.

But US Defence Secretary Jim Mattis refused to rule out a military solution.

But there were no new indications Pyongyang was preparing another engine test or a launch of a satellite.

Writing for 38 North, a Johns Hopkins University website dedicated to North Korea issues, analysts Joseph S. Bermudez, Jr. and Jack Liu said satellite imagery taken as recently as May 16 indicate the launch facility was undergoing upgrades.

"So our effort is to work with the United Nations, work with China, work with Japan, work with South Korea to try to find a way out of this situation".

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"As everybody knows, the Americans have gestured [toward] dialogue", Deputy UN Ambassador Kim In Ryong told reporters Friday, as cited by Reuters.

North Korea and the US have been locked in an escalating war of words in recent months.

The U.S. now has 28,500 troops stationed in South Korea, Reuters reported.

Last month United States president Donald Trump warned a "major, major conflict" with North Korea was possible as he revealed he would be willing to meet with Kim Jong-un.

Asked about Beijing and Moscow's support for the six previous rounds of United Nations sanctions, Kim said both countries are "close neighbors" who "understand our nuclear projection occurred through the USA continued nuclear threat and its hostile policy" toward North Korea.

North Korea is facing increasing isolation over its missile development and Russian Federation is one of the few countries that continue to maintain diplomatic relations with Pyongyang.

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