North Korea UN ambassador demands US prove ransomware claim

2017-12-26 12:05
North Korean leader Kim Jong Un inspects an intercontinental ballistic missile test in North Korea. (Korean Central News Agency, Korea News Service via AP, file)

North Korean leader Kim Jong Un inspects an intercontinental ballistic missile test in North Korea. (Korean Central News Agency, Korea News Service via AP, file)

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Tokyo - North Korea's envoy in charge of US affairs at the UN demanded Washington provide evidence to back up its claim Pyongyang was behind the WannaCry ransomware attack, an allegation has said was a "baseless provocation" being used to generate tensions.

Pak Song Il said in a telephone interview from New York late on Monday that Pyongyang sees the allegation as an effort to create an "extremely confrontational atmosphere".

"If they are so sure, show us the evidence," he said.

The WannaCry ransomware attack infected hundreds of thousands of computers worldwide and crippled parts of Britain's National Health Service in May.

READ: US says North Korean malware lurking in computer networks

US Homeland security adviser Tom Bossert wrote in a Wall Street Journal op-ed published last week that the US administration had determined North Korea was behind the WannaCry attack.

He said its finding of responsibility is based on evidence that has been confirmed by other governments and private companies, including the UK and Microsoft.

He wrote that North Korea would be held accountable.

North Korea's state-run media quickly condemned the accusation, saying Pyongyang would never tolerate such "reckless" claims.

It called Bossert's claim a "grave political provocation" and vowed to retaliate.

Officials in Washington and Seoul have accused the North of launching a series of cyber attacks in recent years, including the hack on Sony Pictures Entertainment over the movie The Interview, a black comedy about a plot to assassinate North Korean leader Kim Jong Un.

The North has denied those accusations as well.

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