Kim Jong-un has ordered North Korea’s youth army officials to crack down on the presence of haircuts and music he dislikes among the country’s teenagers.
The dictator has urged officials of the Youth League to “closely observe the speech, hairstyles and clothing of young people” and to take note of “abnormal activities and psychological changes”.
The people of North Korea are said to have often chosen from a list of government-approved tees, and attempts have been reported to eradicate the use of foreign slang in recent years.
The despot is reportedly in a campaign to counter influence from other countries that he sees as a threat to his regime’s power.
In a letter published by North Korean state media, he wrote that Chinese and South Korean fashion making its way to North Korea was a “serious problem”.
“Obviously, the diffusion of Chinese or South Korean or other foreign fashion is a serious problem for the North Korean government,” he said.
“First it’s about haircuts, then about lifestyle choices, then about values, and then about possibly fundamental questions about power, money and the way society is structured – that’s the logic.”
“Everywhere in the world where the young generations are only looking for personal goals and pleasure, only our young people are the revolutionaries who find joy in difficulties and trials.”
“The dangerous poison that is currently tarnishing the nature of Korean-style socialism is its anti-socialist and non-socialist practices,” he added.
He also claimed that teenagers should be preparing for military service already, reports NK News.
It comes after the ruthless dictator reportedly sentenced an official to death Thursday after ordering cheap medical equipment to run a hospital.
The despot is said to have been furious when the victim, a deputy director of the Foreign Ministry, arranged for Chinese machines to be imported.
According to reports in neighboring South Korea, Kim insisted that the medical equipment at Pyongyang General Hospital should come from Europe.
The hospital has been in development since last year but has yet to open, despite Kim having set an October deadline due to the Covid crisis, the Seoul-based Daily NK reports.
Due to sanctions against the rogue regime, the officer was unable to obtain the necessary equipment from Europe and is said to have turned to China for help.
The machines would have been delivered by the end of this month.
Kim attended a groundbreaking ceremony at the hospital last March, boasting that it would be open within six months – but that has yet to be done.
Experts believe that despite the progress of the construction work, officials were unable to procure the equipment needed to save lives.