North Korea condemns US over Washington’s remarks on cryptocurrency theft

Representations of cryptocurrencies Bitcoin, Ethereum, DogeCoin, Ripple, Litecoin are placed on a computer motherboard in this illustration taken June 29, 2021. REUTERS/Dado Ruvic/Illustration

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SEOUL, July 23 (Reuters) – North Korea condemned on Saturday remarks by a senior White House official about Pyongyang’s cyber-attack capabilities and said it would continue to oppose what it called U.S. aggression against it.

A State Department spokesman said the branding of North Korea as a “gang of criminals” revealed the true nature of Washington’s hostile policy towards North Korea.

Ann Neuberger, the US deputy national security adviser for cyber and emerging technologies, reportedly said Wednesday that the North Koreans are a criminal syndicate chasing revenue “under the guise of a state.”

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North Korea is believed to have thousands of trained hackers, and cryptocurrency theft has become a major source of funding for the sanctions-hit country and its weapons programs.

“After all, the US administration has revealed the true picture of its most vile hostile policy, once covered under the veil of ‘non-binding dialogue’ and ‘diplomatic engagement,'” state news agency KCNA said, citing a foreign ministry spokesman.

“Similarly, the DPRK will face the US, the only criminal group in the world.

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Reporting by Cynthia Kim Editing by Angus McSwan

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