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N. Korean executed for calling S. Korea on cell phone: report

All Headlines 15:37 March 04, 2010

SEOUL, March 4 (Yonhap) -- A North Korean resident was publicly executed for talking to a North Korean defector living in South Korea via a Chinese cell phone, the Seoul-based Open Radio for North Korea (ORNK) reported Thursday.

The resident, identified only as Jung, was reportedly a munitions factory worker in the northeastern city of Hamheung. He was executed in late January after a Chinese cell phone was found in his home, the ORNK said, citing a source in North Korea.

Jung was accused of talking to the defector about current living conditions in the North, such as market prices for rice, the ORNK reported. The station allows individuals, student groups and private organizations to broadcast messages to North Korean people via shortwave radio.

It noted that the North Korean authorities have recently toughened their crackdown on residents attempting to contact North Korean defectors in South Korea through Chinese cell phones.

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