North Korean dictator Kim Jong-un has reportedly outlawed skinny jeans and mullets in his latest efforts to keep young people under control.
Ripped jeans, skinny jeans, and extravagant haircuts are all seen as signs of “invasion of capitalistic lifestyle.”
It is said that Kim is becoming increasingly anxious about being overthrown. He has previously said that people who embrace outlandish fashions should be sent to labor camps.
State newspaper The Rodong Sinmun, an organ of the secretive state’s ruling Worker’s Party, launched a fresh appeal for such items to be kept at bay for fear of making the country “collapse like a damp wall”.
In a recent editorial, it wrote, “History teaches us a crucial lesson that a country can become vulnerable and eventually collapse like a damp wall regardless of its economic and defense power if we do not hold on to our own lifestyle.”
“We must be wary of even the slightest sign of the capitalistic lifestyle and fight to get rid of them,” it added.
According to Yonhap News Agency, the Kim regime has introduced stricter punishments for those found in possession of videos that were made in South Korea.
Dyed hair and piercings are also not acceptable, according to reports.
Kim has outlawed “non socialist” hairstyles, with a very limited range of approved haircuts allowed.
It was reported that North Korea had withdrawn from the Asian Qualifiers for the 2022 World Cup.
The Asian Football Confederation (AFC) announced the move.
North Korea had won two of their five matches. The country was fourth place in Group H, which also consists of Turkmenistan, South Korea, Lebanon and Sri Lanka.
They were scheduled to next play Sri Lanka on June 3 at Goyang Stadium in South Korea, with all the remaining group matches held at centralized venues due to the pandemic.
The AFC said the Organizing Committee for FIFA Competitions will now investigate the matter, with details on how North Korea’s exit affects the standings to be announced “in due course.”
Analysts believe North Korea already has more than 60 nukes, although the delivery vehicles are still being developed.
President Joe Biden has said nuclear programs in North Korea are a “serious threat to America’s security and world security.”
He recently told Congress they would be addressed with “diplomacy and stern deterrence.”
The Kim regime responded by warning Biden that the US risks an “all-out showdown” if it seeks to limit North Korea’s nuclear ambitions.