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N. Korea resumes radio broadcast of encrypted numbers

All Headlines 10:56 April 09, 2017

SEOUL, April 9 (Yonhap) -- North Korea on Sunday resumed its radio broadcast of mysterious random numbers, which is believed to be coded orders to its spies outside of the country.

"From now on, we announce tasks of mechanical engineering review for the Unit 21 expedition members of the remote education university," North Korea's state-run Pyongyang Radio said at 12:15 a.m.

"Number 69 on page 602, number 79 on page 133, number 18 on page 216," the broadcast said. A total of 70 sets of such five-digit numbers were read out twice.

Pyongyang Radio last aired a similar broadcast on March 24.

It was the 31st such broadcast since the North resumed the Cold-War era spycraft on June 24 last year amid escalating inter-Korean tensions. It suspended such clandestine broadcasts in 2000.

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