North Korea suffered another Internet outage on Saturday, less than a week after another interruption — believed to have been caused by an external attack — left the country without online access for more than nine-and-a-half hours. Xinhua News Agency, a state-run media outlet in China, reported the outage, which impacted North Korea’s Internet and 3G cell phone network.
North Korea called U.S. President Barack Obama a “monkey” and blamed Washington on Saturday for Internet outages it has experienced during a confrontation with the United States over the hacking of the film studio Sony Pictures. The National Defense Commission, the North’s ruling body chaired by state leader Kim Jong Un, said Obama was responsible for Sony’s belated decision to release the action comedy “The Interview,” which depicts a plot to assassinate Kim. “Obama always goes reckless in words and deeds like a monkey in a tropical forest,” an unnamed spokesman for the commission said in a statement carried by the official KCNA news agency, using a term seemingly designed to cause racial offense that North Korea has resorted to previously.