Hate cellphones? N. Korea bans them. Pyongyang is now the worst place in the world for on-the-go communication.

SEOUL (Reuters) – North Korea has banned citizens from using mobile phones since late May, an official of the communist state said Thursday, about a year and a half after it introduced the service to the nation.

The reason for the ban was unknown.

“It is true that mobile phone use was banned around May 25,” said a North Korean official attending economic talks with the South in the North’s capital Pyongyang, according to a South Korean pool report from the talks. The official declined to elaborate, the report said.


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