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(2nd LD) S. Korea blocks direct access to N. Korea's Twitter page
By Sam Kim
SEOUL, Aug. 19 (Yonhap) -- South Korea on Thursday blocked its direct access to North Korea's account on the highly popular microblogging service, Twitter, in an apparent effort to stem the rapid increase of subscriptions by its nationals.

A page that warns of illegal material popped up when an attempt to access http://twitter.com/uriminzok was made. A similar page shows up if one tries to enter Web pages showing North Korea's propaganda material.File photo
The block is seen as a confirmation that Seoul considers the North Korean Twitter page as being related to Pyongyang. A call asking for comment from an Internet watchdog official was not immediately returned. Seoul has been reluctant to conclude that North Korea is behind the account that opened last week.