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North Korea bans citizens staying in Libya from returning home

October 27, 2011 - Pyongyang

North Korea has reportedly banned its citizens staying in Libya from returning home fearing that they will reveal the extent of the revolutions that have shaken the Arab world.

According to The Telegraph, North Korea had a close working relationship with Moammar al-Gaddafi before Libya's rebel forces toppled his regime on August 23.

It is estimated that around 200 North Korean nationals are in Libya working as doctors, nurses and construction workers.

They have now joined their compatriots who are stuck in Tunisia, Egypt and other countries with orders not to return home.

The North Korean media has so far failed to report that Gaddafi is dead and the government has made no moves to officially recognize Libya's National Transitional Council (NTC) as the legitimate governing authority of the country.

Gaddafi was captured alive on October 20 and died soon after under unclear circumstances.

The 69-year-old's 41-year rule prior to the uprising had made him the fourth longest-ruling non-royal leader since 1900, as well as the longest-ruling Arab leader.

He had variously styled himself as 'the Brother Leader', 'Guide of the Revolution', and the 'King of Kings'.


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