North Korea to the US: We aren't responsible for WannaCry

Foreign Office Minister condemns North Korean actor for WannaCry attacks - GOV.UK

"The Pentagon is trying to find options that would allow them to punch the North Koreans in the nose, get their attention and show that we're serious", a former USA security official told The Telegraph. The British newspaper cited "well-placed" sources, one of whom said that the Pentagon wants to "punch the North Koreans in the nose" so that they know that the United States is serious.

"As we have clearly stated on several occasions, we have nothing to do with cyber attack and we do not feel a need to respond, on a case-by-case basis, to such absurd allegations of the US", the spokesman said, according to the North's official KCNA news agency.

Secretary of State Rex Tillerson has reached out numerous times to North Korea pushing diplomatic negotiations, but Trump admonished him publicly on Twitter and has repeatedly threatened North Korea and insulted its leader, Kim Jong Un. There appears to be a split in the rhetoric between Tillerson and Trump.

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North Korea tested a nuclear weapon in September, its sixth and most powerful nuclear bomb test.

"North Korea has acted especially badly, largely unchecked, for more than a decade, and its malicious behavior is growing more egregious", Bossert added, as quoted by Reuters.

This is seen by the administration as an option short of full-scale nuclear war, and the only such option available to them since they're bound and determined not to engage in direct diplomacy with North Korea. Short of blowing up a launch site, where launch officers may die and Kim Jong Un himself usually watches nearby, the USA could attempt to intercept North Korea's next missile launch. "It's the ideal currency for North Korea to be hoarding".

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The UK recently joined the U.S. in condemning North Korea for the attack, as has Australia, New Zealand, Canada, and Japan.

USA homeland security adviser Tom Bossert wrote a Wall Street Journal op-ed published on 18 December that claimed North Korea was directly responsible for the cyberattack.

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