People living in North Korea can no longer use sarcasm in their everyday talks. Reason: the country’s ruler Kim Jong-un thinks that people believe him only ironically. The move marks another crackdown on criticism of his leadership by citizens of the country.
According to reports, North Korean government officials have organised mass meeting across the country to warn citizens against making ironic or sarcastic statements directed towards the regime led by Kin Jong-un. Officials have warned the people that even “indirect” criticisms of the party leadership will not be forgiven.
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Quoting sources, Radio Free Asia reported that the warnings were issued to people by the authorities in mass meetings starting the end of the August.
The report quoted a source in the country’s Jagang province as saying: “The main point of the lecture was ‘Keep your mouths shut!’” Similar warnings were issued in Yanggang province on August 28.
During the meetings, the officials warned the people against getting “dragged into internal hostile behaviour”. As per the report, people in the country cannot even make indirect comments. They can’t even ironically say, “This is all America’s fault.”
In recent times, public discontent with the regime has spread across the tightly controlled country as graffitis and scrawlings mocking the regime and Kim Jong Un have appeared in areas near China, the report said.
North Korea today claimed to have successfully conducted its fifth nuclear test. The test, if confirmed, was considered deeply troubling and regrettable by the head of UN’s International Atomic Energy Agency and other countries