Sony Hack: China Condemns Cyberattacks, Doesn't Name North Korea in Chat With U.S.

Sony Pictures Entertainment Studios - H 2014
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Sony Pictures Entertainment Studios - H 2014

Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi spoke to U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry about the issue on Sunday

China's Foreign Minister Wang Yi called U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry on Sunday to make it clear that China is opposed to all forms of cyberattacks and cyberterrorism, according to various reports, which have cited a statement from China's foreign ministry.

However, China did not condemn North Korea for the Sony hack, which U.S. authorities have said the country is responsible for, according to a statement by the foreign ministry, the Associated Press reported. Furthermore, Reuters reported that China said there was no proof North Korea was responsible for the Sony hack and made no reference to calls by the U.S. for joint action to counter cyber attacks.

At a briefing on Monday, Hua Chunying, a Chinese foreign ministry spokeswoman, revealed that Kerry and Wang spoke about the hack on Sony Pictures via telephone, according to reports.

The spokeswoman said that China was prepared to work with the international community to combat cyberterrorism and increase online security, state news agency Xinhua reported, but she warned against suggesting that China was used as a platform for the Sony attacks, as some have suggested, without sufficient evidence, the AP reported.

She said that China's foreign minister told Kerry that the country would "handle the case on the basis of facts, international laws and norms and Chinese laws," The Independent reported.

Dec. 22, 6:46 a.m.: This story has been updated to include more information about the Chinese foreign ministry's statement about Wang Yi's conversation with Kerry.