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China Said to Probe U.S. Claim of N. Korea Role in Sony Hack

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China has started an investigation into a possible North Korean role in the hacking of Sony Pictures Entertainment following a request from the U.S. government, according to a person with direct knowledge of the matter.

The foreign ministry will cooperate with other Chinese agencies including the Cyberspace Administration to conduct a preliminary investigation, said the person, who asked not to be identified because the probe hasn’t been made public. The decision was made after U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry spoke by phone on Dec. 21 with China’s Foreign Minister Wang Yi.