North Korea Should Be Put Back on US Terrorism Sponsor List: Senator

© Sputnik / Ilya Pitalyov / Go to the photo bankNorth Korea should be re-designated as a state sponsor of terrorism, because of its cyber-terror attack on Sony Pictures Entertainment, US Senator Robert Menendez wrote in a letter to Secretary of State John Kerry.
North Korea should be re-designated as a state sponsor of terrorism, because of its cyber-terror attack on Sony Pictures Entertainment, US Senator Robert Menendez wrote in a letter to Secretary of State John Kerry. - Sputnik International
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US Senator Robert Menendez wrote a letter to Secretary of State John Kerry to urge him to consider the necessity of re-designating North Korea as a state sponsor of terrorism.

The US Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) on Friday confirmed that North Korea is the culprit behind the cyberattack on Sony Pictures Entertainment. - Sputnik International
FBI Names North Korea as Sony Cyberattack Culprit
WASHINGTON, December 20 (Sputnik) – North Korea should be re-designated as a state sponsor of terrorism, because of its cyber-terror attack on Sony Pictures Entertainment, US Senator Robert Menendez wrote in a letter to Secretary of State John Kerry.

"With reports that the administration has concluded that North Korea is responsible for the unprecedented cyber-terror attack on Sony Pictures and the threat of violence against movie theaters that show the film The Interview. I write to urge you [Secretary Kerry] to consider the necessity of re-designating North Korea as a state sponsor of terrorism," Menendez wrote Friday.

The US Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) confirmed Friday that North Korea was behind the cyber-attack on multimedia giant Sony Pictures Entertainment. The attack forced the company to cancel the movie theater premiere of a comedy The Interview, in which the US Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) intends to kill North Korea's leader Kim Jong Un.

Obama: US to Respond Proportionally to North Korean Cyberattack on Sony - Sputnik International
Obama: US to Respond Proportionally to North Korean Cyberattack on Sony
"North Korean actions set a dangerous precedent. Through cyber-attacks North Korea was able to inflict significant economic damage on a major international company… This is an unacceptable act of international censorship, which curtails global artistic freedom and, in aggregate, would seem to meet the definitions for acts of terrorism," Menendez wrote in his Friday letter to Kerry.

US President Barack Obama stressed Friday that "some dictator someplace" cannot be allowed to impose censorship in the United States and promised to "respond proportionally" to the cyber-attack.

North Korea was added to the US state sponsors of terrorism list in 1988, as it sold weapons to terrorist groups and was behind several bombing incidents. In 2008 the country was rehabilitated by the administration of President George W. Bush after meeting nuclear inspections requirements.

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