North Korea directs racial slur at Obama

Not content with just being known for gross human rights abuses, North Korea has now directed a racial slur at President Obama as the fallout over the Sony hack continues.

The country's National Defence Commission (NDC) called Obama a "monkey" and blamed him for the release of controversial film The Interview, which depicts the assassination of North Korea's leader Kim Jong Un.

"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.

The NDC also blamed America for the recent internet shut down in the country.

The Interview was briefly pulled from release following threats of violence from the cyber attackers who hacked Sony, the company behind the film. Sony later reconsidered and The Interview was put on limited release in cinemas in the US on Christmas Day and online.

North Korea has denied being involved in the Sony hack. There was no immediate reaction from the White House.

Additional reporting: AP

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