The North Korean authorities have moved to close a loophole relating to mobile phone usage by foreign nationals – imposing a new law under which tourists will now have their SIM cards deactivated when they leave the country. According to Reuters, which cites sources within the tourist industry, the rule has been implemented to prevent foreigners from leaving their SIM cards with a North Korean resident after they exit the country. Foreigners visiting the isolated nation can freely browse social media sites such as Facebook and Twitter using Koryolink’s domestic network, while locals are restricted to the state-monitored intranet platform ‘Kwangmyong’, which was established in 2000.
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