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UPDATE: N. Korea proposes joint probe over Sony hacking

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North Korea has proposed a joint investigation with the U.S. into the hacking attack against Sony Pictures Entertainment. North Korea has proposed a joint investigation with the U.S. into the hacking attack against Sony Pictures Entertainment.
SEOUL, South Korea - Update: The White House is standing by the FBI's conclusion that the North Korean government is responsible for the cyberattack on Sony Pictures Entertainment, despite North Korea's denials.

National Security Council spokesman Mark Stroh says North Korea "has a long history of denying responsibility for destructive and provocative actions."

The North Korean Foreign Ministry said today it knows how to prove it's not responsible for the hacking and proposed conducting a joint investigation with the U.S.

Analysts suspect the proposal is an effort by the North to appear sincere even though it knows the U.S. would never agree to a joint investigation.

Stroh says if the North Koreans really want to help, "they can admit their culpability and compensate Sony for the damages this attack caused."


Previous coverage: 

North Korea has proposed a joint investigation with the U.S. into the hacking attack against Sony Pictures Entertainment.

U.S. officials blame North Korea for the hacking, citing the tools used in the Sony attack and previous hacks linked to the North.

The break-in resulted in the disclosure of tens of thousands of confidential Sony emails and business files, and escalated to terrorist threats that caused Sony to cancel the release of the movie "The Interview." The comedy is about a plot to assassinate North Korean leader Kim Jong Un.

An unidentified Foreign Ministry spokesman in Pyongyang said Saturday that the U.S. would face unspecified "grave consequences" if it rejects its proposal for the joint investigation.

He also said North Korea knows how to prove it's not responsible for the hacking.

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