An unidentified North Korean official has denied that his country was behind the hack of Sony Pictures, an online report claimed.

According to Voice of America (VOA) — the U.S. government’s official foreign broadcaster — a New York City-based North Korean diplomat refuted charges that its hackers, or those it may have sponsored, were responsible for the attack that crippled the studio’s computers and, many believe, resulted in the distribution of unreleased movies to file-sharing sites.

The official would have been someone in the isolationist country’s United Nations delegation, based in New York, as the U.S. and North Korea have no formal diplomatic relations.

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