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North Korea Bans Drinking and Singing Parties—As If Life Under Kim Jong Un Wasn't Miserable Enough

Sofia Lotto Persio
North Korea Bans Drinking and Singing Parties—As If Life Under Kim Jong Un Wasn't Miserable Enough

North Korean leader Kim Jong Un is tightening his authoritarian grip on civilian life in the country, with South Korean intelligence services reporting new measures designed to increase control over the population. As well as information being more strictly controlled, gatherings involving singing, drinking and entertainment are now banned, the National Intelligence Service reported in a briefing to South Korean lawmakers Monday. According to the intelligence officers, the move is meant to stifle the impact of crippling economic sanctions imposed by the international community in retaliation for the country’s ongoing development and testing of nuclear devices and ballistic missiles.