Seoul: A spokesman for North Korea’s foreign ministry said on Thursday Pyongyang is not linked to any cyberattacks, the North’s first response since the United States publicly blamed it for a massive worldwide cybersecurity breach.

“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 U.S.," the spokesman said, according to the North’s official KCNA news agency.

The US accusation was a serious political provocation against North Korea that Pyongyang would never tolerate, the spokesman said. The May cyberattack crippled hospitals, banks and other companies.

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