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Russia Offers Sympathy To North Korea Amid Sony Hack

Russia says the movie that has sparked the Sony hacking dispute was so scandalous that North Korea's anger was "quite understandable."

Russian Foreign Ministry spokesman, Aleksandr Lukashevich, said on December 25 that Washington failed to offer any proof to back its claims of Pyongyang's involvement in the hacking of "The Interview," a comedy depicting the assassination of North Korean leader Kim Jong Un.

The United States has blamed North Korea for the recent cyberattack on Sony Pictures, which produced the comedy.

Pyongyang has denied a role in the hacking, but also praised it as a "righteous deed."

Lukashevich said "the concept of the movie is so aggressive and scandalous, that the reaction of the North Korean side, and not just it, is quite understandable."

Sony initially decided not to release the film because of threats against U.S. cinemas, but released the movie online on December 24.

Based on reporting by AP and Interfax

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