Now, North Korean state media news available on Twitter

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Seoul (South Korea), June 27 (ANI): News feeds from North Korea's state-run media have begun appearing on Twitter, the micro-blogging website.

A feed under the name "kcna-dprk" - acronyms of Pyongyang's state Korean Central News Agency and the country's official name, the Democratic People's Republic of Korea - provides links to hundreds of the agency's English-language stories, The China Daily reports.

The background of the Twitter page for the feed shows the North's red-and-blue national flag.

It is unlikely that the news agency itself is behind the operation; other Twitter users have operated similar news-relay feeds in the past, most notably for CNN.

Even if KCNA is operating the feed, ordinary citizens in North Korea - one of the world's most isolated nations - are unlikely to have access to Twitter.

The totalitarian regime bans nearly all of its 24 million people from accessing the Internet in its attempt to control the flow of all outside information. Only high-ranking officials have access to the web.

As of Friday, kcna-dprk had tweeted 562 stories - a handful each day since late April. It was last updated June 12 with an article about North Korea's No. 2 leader Kim Yong-nam sending a congratulatory message to Azerbaijan's president.

The news agency normally publishes dozens of reports in English daily.

User "kcna-dprk" had more than 2,800 followers - and was following the profiles of nearly the same number of Twitter users, including one who identified himself as Kim Jong-il - North Korea's absolute leader. (ANI)

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