Kim Jong-Un bans ‘festive celebrations’ in North Korea in wake of UN sanctions
North Koreans endure life under a restrictive regime, and it looks like the reins just got even tighter.
After banning Christmas in North Korea last year, Kim Jong-un is at it again, this time disallowing gatherings that involve drinking alcohol and singing among his constituents.
As revealed by South Korea’s National Intelligence Service (NIS), the restrictive measure comes in an effort to stifle the impact of the United Nations sanctions over the country’s ongoing missile and nuclear weapons tests.
“[Pyongyang] has devised a system whereby party organs report people’s economic hardships on a daily basis, and it has banned any gatherings related to drinking, singing and other entertainment,” NIS said in a report by news agency Yonhap and relayed by The Telegraph.
In July, the infamous dictator also canceled the popular Pyongyang Beer Festival, despite the country experiencing a period of drought at the time.
He has also reportedly forbidden his countrymen from expressing gratitude to their matriarchs on Mothers’ Day, fearing it may interfere with the North Korea’s enforced adulation of Kim Jong-un. Khristian Ibarrola /ra