In his end of the year news conference, U.S. President Barack Obama says the U.S. will send a ''proportional'' response to North Korea for a devastating cyber attack on Sony Pictures. Mana Rabiee reports.
U.S. President Barack Obama says he'll send a "proportional" response to North Korea for a devastating cyber attack on Sony Pictures. Obama wouldn't go into any detail on what a U.S. response on Pyongyang might entail, but it comes as the FBI says North Korea was behind the Sony hacking... calling it an unacceptable act of state-sponsored "intimidation." (SOUNDBITE) (English) U.S. PRESIDENT BARACK OBAMA SAYING: "We cannot have a society in which some dictator someplace can start imposing censorship here in the United States." Obama was speaking to reporters during a wide-reaching end of the year news conference. In it, he touted his so-called "year of action", saying 2014 accomplished a series of benchmarks he had vowed to meet. (SOUNDBITE) (English) U.S. PRESIDENT BARACK OBAMA SAYING: "More jobs, more people insured, a growing economy, shrinking deficits, bustling industry, booming energy. Pick any metric that you want, America's resurgence is real. We are better off." The end of 2014 also saw the dramatic revamping of U.S. policy with Cuba, after over five decades of hostility. (SOUNDBITE) (English) U.S. PRESIDENT BARACK OBAMA SAYING: "I don't anticipate overnight changes, but what I know deep in my bones is that if you've done the same thing for 50 years and nothing's changed, you should try something different if yo want a different outcome and this gives us an opportunity for a different outcome." Obama leaves for his Hawaii family Christmas vacation on Friday. When he returns to Washington in the New Year, Congress will look very different with the Senate now turned Republican... but Obama says he's committed to making his last two years as President count.