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North Korea on Saturday blasted US President Barack Obama as a "monkey" for inciting cinemas to screen a comedy featuring a fictional plot to kill its leader, and threatened "inescapable deadly blows" over the movie. The isolated dictatorship's powerful National Defence Commission (NDC) also accused the US of "disturbing the Internet operation" of North Korean media outlets. The North suffered Internet blackouts this week, triggering speculation that US authorities may have launched a cyber-attack in retaliation for the hacking of Sony Pictures -- the studio behind madcap North Korea comedy "The Interview" -- which Washington says was carried out by Pyongyang. "Obama always goes reckless in words and deeds like a monkey in a tropical forest," a spokesman for the NDC's policy department said in a statement published by the North's official KCNA news agency.