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N Korea race-hate outburst at Obama

North Korea has hurled racial slurs at President Barack Obama as the communist state blamed the US for shutting down its internet amid the Sony hacking row.

The North's powerful National Defence Commission said Mr Obama was behind the release of Sony Pictures' film The Interview and called him a "monkey inhabiting a tropical forest".

North Korea has denied being involved in the crippling cyber-attack on Sony Pictures, but expressed fury over the comedy depicting an assassination of its leader Kim Jong Un. After Sony initially called off the release in a decision criticised by Mr Obama, the movie opened this week.

The defence commission also accused Washington of being responsible for intermittent shutdowns of North Korean websites this week and said America would face consequences for its hostility.

The defence commission, the country's top governing body led by Kim, described The Interview as illegal, dishonest and reactionary.

"Obama always goes reckless in words and deeds like a monkey in a tropical forest," an unidentified spokesman at the commission's policy department said, in a statement carried by the official Korean Central News Agency.

There was no immediate reaction from the White House.

According to the North Korea commission's spokesman, "the US, a big country, started disturbing the Internet operation of major media of the DPRK, not knowing shame like children playing a tag".

The commission said the movie was the results of a hostile US policy towards North Korea.

North Korea and the U.S. remain technically in a state of war because the 1950-53 Korean War ended with an armistice, not a peace treaty. The rivals also are locked in an international stand-off over the North's nuclear and missile programmes and its alleged human rights abuses.

America stations about 28,500 troops in South Korea as deterrent against North Korean aggression.

It is not the first time North Korea has used crude insults against Mr Obama and other top US and South Korean figures.

Earlier this year the North called US secretary of state John Kerry a wolf with a "hideous" lantern jaw and South Korean president Park Geun-hye a prostitute.

In May, the North's news agency published a dispatch saying Mr Obama had the "shape of a monkey".

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