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Drones smuggle banned items to North Koreans


A South Korea-based organization says it has started using drones to smuggle banned information into North Korea.

North Korean defector Jung Gwang Il says his organization No Chain began the deliveries in April.

Human rights groups say this is the first time they have heard of drones being used.

Jung spoke to reporters Thursday before attending a U.N. Security Council meeting on North Korea’s human rights situation, which has been called the worst in the world.

North Korea severely restricts the flow of information in and out of the country. Activists use various ways, including balloons, to smuggle in items such as flash drives and mobile phones.

Jung said the deliveries are launched from China and now carry about 2,000 “storage devices” into North Korea every month.