Although North Korea has denied any role in the Sony Studio hack, the Hermit Kingdom praised the breach that effectively shut down one of the largest movie companies. Via the Korean Central News Agency, a government spokesman issued a statement describing the hack as a “righteous deed,” while also claiming North Korea played no role in it. “We do not know where in America the SONY Pictures is situated and for what wrongdoings it became the target of the attack nor we feel the need to know about it,” the statement said. “But what we clearly know is that the SONY Pictures is the very one which was going to produce a film abetting a terrorist act while hurting the dignity of the supreme leadership of the DPRK.” The film in question, James Franco and Seth Rogen's The Interview, has outraged North Korea since its release was publicly announced. In June, North Korea vowed “merciless counter-measures” if The Interview hit theater.