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N. Koreans in Libya banned from returning home


Posted on October 25, 2011 on Akashma Online News

2011-10-26 10:38

TRIPOLI, Oct. 26 (Yonhap) — North Korea has banned its citizens in Libya from returning home in an apparent attempt to prevent the popular uprisings in the Arab world from reaching the isolated regime, a source said Wednesday.

The development illustrated the North’s concern about possible social unrest inspired by the Arab Spring revolutions that also toppled longtime autocratic leaders in Tunisia and Egypt.

Last week, Moammar Gadhafi was killed in his hometown of Sirte, months after a public revolt against the former Libyan leader.

North Korea, which maintained close ties with Gadhafi’s regime, has so far been silent on his death. It has yet to officially recognize Libya’s rebel-led National Transitional Council as the North African nation’s legitimate governing authority.

About 200 North Koreans have been left in limbo in the war-torn country as Pyongyang ordered them not to return home, the source familiar with the issue said.

The North Korean doctors, nurses and construction workers were sent to the African nation to earn hard currency for their impoverished communist country.

North Korea has also taken similar steps for its officials in Libya, Egypt and other countries, said the source.

In recent months, North Korean defectors and other South Korean activists have sent leaflets calling for an uprising against North Korean leader Kim Jong-il who rules the country with an iron fist.

Still, many experts are skeptical about an Arab Spring-style popular uprising in the isolated country, citing North Korea’s intolerance of dissent and tight control over any information spread within and across the country’s borders.

Source: Korean Herald

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카다피 사망소식 北주민에 확산조짐
리비아를 42년간 철권통치하다 비참한 최후를 맞은 독재자 무아마르 카다피의 사망 소식이 북한의 일반 주민에게 확산될 개연성이 크다고 미국 자유아시아방송(RFA)이 26일 보도했다.

일 본 언론기관인 아시아프레스의 이시마루 지로(石丸次郞) 대표는 RFA에 “북한 내 일반 주민은 카다피가 사망한 것을 아직 잘 모르지만 평양과 지방의 고급 간부들 은 알고 있을 것”이라며 “일반 사람들에게는 이제 정보가 들어가게 될 것”이라고 말 했다.
RFA는 또 한 탈북자를 인용해 중국과 북한을 오가는 무역일꾼, 한국에 사는  가 족이나 친척과 통화하는 북한주민, 리비아에 파견된 북한 근로자 등을 통해  카다피 의 사망 소식이 북한에 간접적으로 알려지고 있다고 전했다.

미 국 내 탈북자도 “대학생이던 1989년 루마니아의 독재자 니콜라에  차우셰스쿠 가 시민군에 처형된 소식이 순식간에 학교에 퍼졌고 보위부가 학교를 통제했다”며 “카다피가 반정부군에게 사살됐으므로 북한 주민에게 미치는 충격은 작지 않을 것”이 라고 내다봤다.

북한은 카다피가 핵무기를 포기했기 때문에 서방국가에 의해 비참하게 죽었다는 주장을 계속 펼치고 , 북핵 문제의 해결은 더 어려워질 것이라는 전망이 많다고 RFA 는 소개했다.

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