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Caught Listening to BTS Songs, A Teenager in North Korea Is Investigated

  • Share – North Korean high school students who were caught singing and dancing to BTS songs are currently under investigation.

A source in South Pyongyan Province, North Korea, stated that the students were trainees of the North Korean Red Youth Guard, which is a youth cadet militia organization, as quoted by ZONABANTEN from Koreaboo.

During the break, the students were caught listening to the BTS song “Blood, Sweat, & Tears” on an MP3 player.

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A local branch of the North Korean Workers’ Party and state security was notified that the students listened to BTS, and they were being investigated for engaging in reactionary ideology and culture.

Under a law passed by North Korea’s Supreme Leader Kim Jong Un in December 2020, people found possessing or watching South Korean entertainment will be sentenced to 5 to 15 years in forced labor camps.

Those caught speaking, writing, or singing in the South Korean style can face up to 2 years of forced labor.

Despite stricter penalties for consuming South Korean media, a source told Seoul Pyongyang News that BTS’s songs are very popular among North Korean youth.

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