North Korea broadcasts encrypted spy message on YouTube

North Korea has broadcast such seemingly random numbers via radio since the Cold War era

Seoul: North Korea on Saturday broadcast a series of mysterious numbers, presumed to be an encrypted message to its spies in the South, for the first time on YouTube, a media report said.

A video clip was posted on the state-run Radio Pyongyang’s YouTube account, in which a female announcer read what she described as “an information technology review assignment of the remote education university for No. 719 expedition agents”, said the Seoul-based Yonhap News Agency.

She repeated phrases such as “No. 23 on Page 564, No. -19 on Page 479” for about one minute in the posting.

The numbers were not broadcast on the radio.

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North Korea has broadcast such seemingly random numbers via radio since the Cold War era, as recently as March 7 and 13.

But this is the first time that Pyongyang has used the global video-sharing platform to send the apparently coded messages.

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