Pat McCrory said Wednesday he will not sign a cybersecurity bill that would allow the United States to launch cyber attacks against other countries.
The Republican governor told CNN that the bill would allow “state and local governments to use cyberweapons to disrupt our economic growth, undermine our democracy, and steal our secrets.”
“I believe that we need to work together to stop these threats, but we need a bill that doesn’t allow state and local officials to go after private companies,” McCrories said.
“This is not the way forward.”
McCrory, who has signed several cybersecurity bills, including one last year, has faced mounting criticism for supporting the bill and the cyber war in North Korea.
The cyber war has been ongoing for years and now involves the U-S.
and China, with the Chinese government threatening to “strike” the U, the U., North Korea and South Korea.
North Korea’s latest missile test and nuclear test this year both resulted in a massive and devastating cyber-attack that crippled the country.
In response, the United Nations Security Council last month imposed sanctions on Chinese companies and individuals in retaliation for North Korea, while the U!
has imposed economic sanctions on North Korea over its nuclear weapons program.
On Tuesday, President Donald Trump threatened to take military action against China if the country does not back down from its threats.