North Korea is afraid of Samsung cell phones

Olympians got free, special-edition Samsung Note8 cell phones. Nice perk. But North Korea banned their athletes from accepting the gift. Lou explains why cell phones are so scary to dictators.

Yonho Kim’s study “Cell Phones in North Korea” https://www.uskoreainstitute.org/research/special-reports/ykim030614/

Orascom & North Korea
North Korea’s silent hard currency source: That cellphone business with Orascom

Info about Olympic Samsung phone
http://www.samsungmobilepress.com/news/samsung-electronics-unveils-pyeongchang-2018-olympic-games-limited-edition-to-celebrate-the-spirit-of-the-olympic-winter-games-pyeongchang-2018

Banned imports/exports to North Korea: https://www.un.org/sc/suborg/en/sanctions/1718/prohibited-items

International Sanctions on Iran https://www.cfr.org/backgrounder/international-sanctions-iran

Definition of “Dual Use”
http://ec.europa.eu/trade/import-and-export-rules/export-from-eu/dual-use-controls/

Stats on cell phone subscriptions throughout world (link prompts download)
https://www.itu.int/en/ITU-D/Statistics/Documents/statistics/2018/Mobile_cellular_2000-2016.xls

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