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South blocks N Korea's Twitter bid

South Korea has blocked North Korea's new Twitter account from being accessed in the South, saying the tweets contain "illegal information" under the country's security laws.

North Korea announced last week that it has a Twitter account and a YouTube channel in an apparent effort to boost its propaganda war against South Korea and the United States.

The Twitter account gained more than 8,500 followers in a week, though it has posted just 30 tweets linking to reports that praise North Korean leader Kim Jong Il and lambast South Korea and the US over their joint military drills.

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 account has "contents that praises, promotes and glorifies" North Korea and they were confirmed as "illegal information" that is banned under the country's National Security Law, South Korean officials said.

There are no immediate plans to block the North's YouTube channel.

The two Koreas technically remain in a state of war because the 1950-53 Korean War ended with an armistice, not a peace treaty.

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