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  (Source: nknews.org)
While it's not completely clear why North Korea is doing this, some believe it's because visitors used services like Instagram while they were there

Not even a month after launching 3G access for foreign visitors, North Korea has taken it away without any explanation. 

On March 1, 2013, North Korea allowed foreign visitors to have access to uncensored 3G data while staying in the country. However, a new report from Koryo Tours -- a Beijing-based company that plans trips to North Korea -- said that this privilege has been cut for short-term tourists. 

“3G access is no longer available for tourists to the DPRK," said Koryo Tours' website. "Sim cards can still be purchased to make international calls but no internet access is available.”

Citizens of North Korea are blocked from using the full Web on mobile devices, but are allowed to see the state-run newspaper Rodong Sinmun

While it's not completely clear why North Korea is doing this, some believe it's because visitors used services like Instagram while they were there. Considering how secretive the country is, having pictures posted for all to see likely didn't jive with it. 

Earlier this month, North Korea's foreign minister threatened to nuke the U.S. amid tensions between the countries.

"Since the United States is about to ignite a nuclear war, we will be exercising our right to preemptive nuclear attack against the headquarters of the aggressor in order to protect our supreme interest."

Even China is growing tired of North Korea's behavior, and finally imposed harsh sanctions on the country. Under the new sanctions, China and others who trade with North Korea can no longer define what a luxury item is -- meaning that many items such as yachts, luxury automobiles, and certain jewelry are now banned.

Source: TechCrunch





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Wait - What ?
By Dr of crap on 3/27/2013 1:26:44 PM , Rating: 2
North Korea has visiters?? Tourists??

Why go to that sh$thole?
That's like going to the Dominican Republic?

Some don't care to much about safety, but then agian you might be in trouble in Mexico too.




RE: Wait - What ?
By Flunk on 3/27/2013 2:02:44 PM , Rating: 2
They take you on a "guided tour", it's very much on the rails and you get to the see the painted side of the houses and the actors who portray normal people if you get my drift.


RE: Wait - What ?
By lagomorpha on 3/27/2013 2:43:19 PM , Rating: 4
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the actors who portray normal people if you get my drift.


I wouldn't call the tea girl an actor, I think she actually is as lonely as she seems.


RE: Wait - What ?
By aegisofrime on 3/28/2013 4:06:54 AM , Rating: 2
I see that someone else has watched Vice :D


RE: Wait - What ?
By dj LiTh on 3/27/2013 2:03:09 PM , Rating: 2
While i agree with why would anyone want to goto NK sentiment, you lost me at going Dominican Republic as a shithole, guess you've never been there.


ok, do they check everyone's devices?
By MadMan007 on 3/27/2013 4:31:51 PM , Rating: 4
So they take away mobile internet access. I can understand why (from the NK government viewpoint - not that I condone it) if there were citizens who were getting illicit internet access. But how does this change anything for foreigners if they can just take pictures or video anyway? That explanation doesn't make much sense to me unless they screen every single device coming out of the country...but microSD cards are really easy to hide. I have to think it's to prevent citizens from getting illicit internet access.




By Spookster on 3/27/2013 4:57:23 PM , Rating: 2
Was just thinking the same thing. Either NK is really technology illiterate and naive or there must be another reason. Would be quite easy to just switch out and hide a microSD card even if they are checking everyone before they leave.


Sounds like my nephew...
By enlil242 on 3/27/2013 3:05:27 PM , Rating: 2
"...we will be exercising our right to preemptive nuclear attack against the headquarters of the aggressor in order to protect our supreme interest."

Why do most third-world dictators talk like they are tantrum-throwing children?




RE: Sounds like my nephew...
By kattanna on 3/27/2013 3:40:13 PM , Rating: 2
quote:
Why do most third-world dictators talk like they are tantrum-throwing children?


umm.. because they are?


Samsung
By hiscross on 3/28/2013 12:17:53 PM , Rating: 3
Looks like Samsung copied one of their designs so NK is mighty upset. Maybe little Kim can't get an iphone to work on his 3G.




"I'm an Internet expert too. It's all right to wire the industrial zone only, but there are many problems if other regions of the North are wired." -- North Korean Supreme Commander Kim Jong-il













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