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North rants about Seoul blocking its Web sites

North Korea lashed out on Monday at South Korea over Seoul’s blocking of its online propaganda sites, including one on the social networking service Twitter.

The denunciation by Uriminzokkiri, a Web site operated by the North’s Committee for the Peaceful Reunification of the Fatherland, confirms Pyongyang was behind a recent wave of propaganda on such Web sites as YouTube and Twitter.

Uriminzokkiri (www.uriminzokkiri.com) is blocked from access in South Korea, which considers North Korea’s propaganda material illegal, citing an anti-communist law.

“The traitor’s group is trying in vain to shut the eyes and ears of the South Korean people with the fascist National Security Law, running counter to the era of information,” it said in a commentary monitored by Yonhap News Agency.

North Korea is one of the world’s most secretive nations, restricting its people’s access to the Internet and any other flow of information in and out of its territory. But its elite are seen as having a keen interest in information technology.

The country has been expanding its propaganda warfare as South Korea and the United States push Pyongyang to admit to sinking the South Korean warship Cheonan in March, killing 46 sailors. The North denies sinking the ship. Yonhap

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