North Korea reportedly joins Facebook

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State Department spokesman P.J. Crowley said Tuesday that the U.S. welcomed North Korea to the social media forums but challenged its authoritarian leaders to allow its citizens full access to the sites.

Crowley tweeted on Friday, “North Korea has joined Facebook, but will it allow its citizens to belong? What is Facebook without friends?”

North Korea, one of the world’s most secretive countries, blocks Internet access for all but the elite among its 24 million citizens but is believed to have a keen interest in information technology.

The official North Korean Uriminzokkiri website, run by the North’s Committee for the Peaceful Reunification of the Fatherland, has been blocked in South Korea alongside 64 other North Korean-run and pro-North Korean websites, says Shim Joo-hyung, a spokeswoman for the standards commission.

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Associated Press writer Robert Burns in Washington contributed to this report.

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Online:

http://www.twitter.com/uriminzok

http://www.youtube.com/user/uriminzokkiri

http://www.facebook.com/uriminzokkiri

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