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(2nd LD) China calls on U.S., N. Korea to talk over Sony hacking

2014/12/23 18:26

BEIJING, Dec. 23 (Yonhap) -- China called on the United States and North Korea on Tuesday to talk to each other about the hacking of Sony Pictures Entertainment Inc. that Washington has blamed on Pyongyang, while sidestepping questions about whether Beijing would cooperate with the U.S. over the North's alleged cyber attack.

China's foreign ministry spokeswoman, Hua Chunying, also strongly denied media reports that China was involved in the Internet outage in North Korea, slamming such reports as "not trustworthy" and "irresponsible."

   The U.S. has asked China to help prevent cyber threats from North Korea in the wake of last month's cyber attack on Sony, which produced a comedy about a plot to assassinate the North's leader, Kim Jong-un. Although the North denies it was behind the Sony hacking, Pyongyang described the cyber attack as a "righteous deed."

   U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry and Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi discussed the issue of the Sony hacking by telephone on Sunday, but a statement by the Chinese ministry about the telephone conversation stopped short of mentioning North Korea.

angloinfo.com