North Korea’s Cut Phone Line

Andrew Sullivan —  Apr 14 2011 @ 8:25am

Adam Rawnsley reports that North Korea's official cell phone network is now estimated to have 450,000 users. But the network "doesn’t let North Koreans dial outside the country or access the internet":

[U]nlicensed mobile phones have allowed families in the North to clandestinely connect with foreign intelligence services in South Korea and the United States and spread news through the rumor mill. It’s not without risk, as Illegal phone use can carry stiff punishments, including death.