N.Korea Bans Nationals in Libya from Returning Home

North Korea has reportedly banned its nationals in Libya from returning home fearing they may spread news about the freedom the North African country achieved after eight-month-long pro-democracy protests.

Citing an unnamed source, Yonhap news agency said that Pyongyang ordered about 200 of its nationals in the civil-war-ravaged country to not come home out of apparent concern that they could push for a similar uprising.

The source added that he believes the North is refusing to recognize Libya's National Transitional Council as the legitimate government.

The North Korean regime has tightened control of information since the so-called "Arab Spring" began and is strictly monitoring the use of computers, cell phones and memory sticks.

Arirang News / Oct. 27, 2011 11:13 KST