China condemned cyberattacks on Monday but made no reference to calls from the United States for help in fighting North Korean attacks.

The U.S. has accused North Korea of being behind the cyberattack on Sony Pictures that led to the controversial cancellation of the opening of the film "The Interview."


The U.S. has asked for China's assistance, given its influence over Pyongyang, in stopping the cyberattacks.

But China indicated Monday that it is not ready to join with the U.S. in the effort or blame North Korea.

"Before making any conclusions there has to be a full [accounting of] the facts and foundation," Chinese Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Hua Chunying said, Reuters reports. "China will handle it in accordance with relevant international and Chinese laws according to the facts." 

The spokeswoman said that Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi spoke with Secretary of State John KerryJohn KerryBiden's climate policies: Adrift in economic and scientific fantasyland The Hill's Morning Report - Presented by Facebook - Biden expresses optimism on bipartisanship; Cheney ousted Watch live: John Kerry testifies on climate change MORE on Sunday and "reaffirmed China's relevant position, emphasizing China opposes all forms of cyberattacks and cyber terrorism."

The U.S. faces a complicated relationship with China on the issue of cyberattacks. It has accused China itself of launching such attacks and charged five Chinese soldiers with hacking U.S. companies. 

President Obama said in a press conference on Friday that the U.S. would respond "proportionally" to North Korea and options are being prepared that will be presented to him.