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North Korea has banned the use of mobile phones for 100 days while it formally mourns the death of its late "glorious leader" Kim Jong-Il. Those who disobey the dictat will be treated as war criminals and punished accordingly, it has been claimed. Following Kim Jong-Il's death from a heart attack in December 2011, hordes of …

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oh well

They can't complain.

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RE: oh well

They can't complain by phone anyway...

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Sir

How do feel about being judged by the behavour of our own politicians?

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Yes...

.... because the only way to deal with a subjugated people whose leaders are systematically blocking any chance they might have to organise their own freedom is to commit genocide against them.

Moron.

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@Jedit

".... because the only way to deal with a subjugated people whose leaders are systematically blocking any chance they might have to organise their own freedom is to commit genocide against them."

Sounds OK. Where do we nuke from orbit first? London or Washingto :)

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War criminal?

Don't you need to be having a war to be dubbed a war criminal? Is North Korea having a war on phones, or is it just having one on reality?

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Re: War criminal?

They are at war. With South Korea.

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The **** Ronerys

THEY are the war criminals, not their victims!

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Technically speaking

The Korean War never ended. There's just a long term truce.

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Big Brother

We have ALWAYS been at war with Eastasia!

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Stop

Why not just...

...disable the 3G netxork itself? Switch off the towers?

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*Obvious*, innit?

How else would the Party Apparatchik order whores? It's the *people* (i.e. ordinary citizens) who are not supposed to use their phones.

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Yet another warning to investors

North Korea gave out the mobile phone licence to an Egyptian mobile phone operator called Orascom on the proviso that they clad the outside of one of the ugliest buildings in the world - http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ryugyong_Hotel. It still looks like an eyesore but slightly better than what it did.

And now for Orascom's efforts they can enjoy watching their phone network go dark for 4 months. Thanks North Korea! I wouldn't be surprised if the network nationalised next on some flimsy pretense.

Such are the joys of dealing with the most totalitarian paranoid states in the world. Serves Orascom right really.

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North Korea = San Francisco?

Is this just an extension of all the fuss over the "Bay Area Rapid Transport" network? Or are just just copying; Oh look the West turn off mobile networks when there is a risk of trouble, let's do the same...

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mobiles

This doesn't surprise me but I bet it won't apply to plenty of people.

I was there for a couple of weeks this year. In Pyongyang mobiles were very common and in parks we saw locals singing and dancing and filming themselves on their phones. They also allow foreigners who visit regularly to buy special NK mobiles but they have a different number prefix and are unable to call locals' mobiles (but are able to call landlines).

They use a GSM network - I was able to see their network on my iphone - before they confiscated it at the airport for the duration of the trip. They also confiscate any GPS devices (including cameras). One guy got a 3G kindle past them and while we were at the border with China waiting for them to examine/delete photos they didn't like on our cameras, he was happily using the internet - I'm sure a fair few people near the border must use Chinese SIM cards for foreign communications.

By the way - they've just discovered pasties courtesy of Kim Jong il -- http://fb.me/1HO3szL5T

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"I went home with pasties associated with his warm love."

Ewwwwwwwwwwww! Too much!

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Brings a whole new meaning to...

..cell phone.

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I know the reason

Trying to head off the inevitable cell pics of Kin Jong Un "Looking at Stuff".

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how to instantly solve NK problem

any related to the power in place is shoot on sigh. all military/nuclear installation is compltetly flatten. any trace of the current regime is vaporize. NNK US NO A LEGITIMATE CONTRY PERIOD.

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FAIL

To quote Pulp Fiction....

"English, muthafucka - DO YOU SPEAK IT!?!"

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Hmmmmph

Obviously, it isn't his native language! Let's see you write something in his language AH

(Without wishing to stereotype, I'm guessing you're a 'Merkin...)

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Aaaand... now we've heard from the loony fringe.

Our day is complete.

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Is it my old eyes...

...or is Kim wearing a silk, pin-stripe Mao suit in that picture...?

All the workers are equal, but some are more equal than others...

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He is.

My mind just tripped several breakers, trying to process the hypocracy.

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Yeah...

And the hypocrisy is even worse.

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HELLO?!

YEAH, I'M IN NORTH KOREA!

NO IT'S RUB*BANG*BANG*BANG*

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OK, no2GSM but did NK sign ACTA yesterday?

aaa ccc ttt aaa

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Confusing the Koreans

A web search turned up a video about "making pasties in Cornwall" by The Guardian, a British newspaper, that was really about pastry, not the adhesive nipple covers once used by strippers. So apparently this confusion is not confined to North Korea.

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Pasties, the plural of Pasty

God's own foodstuff

http://www.properpasty.co.uk/

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