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Chad O'Carroll has written on North Korea since 2010 and writes between London and Seoul.
North Korean authorities turned off the nation’s Koryolink cellphone network twice last Saturday as part of tight security procedures for events surrounding the 105th anniversary of the birth of DPRK founding President Kim Il Sung, NK News has learned.
The suspension of the network is notable: cellular shut-downs in the DPRK are relatively rare, with a senior Koryolink technical director telling NK News in 2015 that he had been instructed to fully turn off the network on only two occasions during his time working in the country.