Kim Jong Un, the supremo of North Korea has reportedly described K-pop music as a "vicious cancer", corrupting the younger generation of the country.
The leader has declared a new cultural war to stop the spread of South Korean music and movies (the K-dramas and K-pop videos) to his citizens through a secretive anti-K-pop campaign.
Last year December 2020, Kim Jong introduced a series of new laws for North Koreans that increased the level of punishment for owning or watching South Korean entertainment. Watching a South Korean drama or video or listen to K-pop music would result in up to 15 years of jail in hard labour camps.
The Kim family dictator dynasty has ruled North Korea for more than 70 years. Now, as Kim Jong worries that the South Korean entertainment has loosened his grip on the youth, he also plans on imposing worse punishments for those found guilty of smuggling such content, including the death penalty.
Kim believes the popular culture of the South is corrupting the “attire, hairstyles, speeches, behaviour" of North Korea's youth.