North Korean dictator Kim Jong-un
is said to have banned skinny jeans
and mullets in his latest attempt to keep youth under control.
The despot is said to be concerned about "decadent" Western influence on the country's youth, fearing it will bring down his regime.
It is claimed that ripped and skinny jeans, as well as extravagant haircuts, are evidence of an "invasion of capitalistic lifestyle."
Kim, who is believed to be growing increasingly concerned about being deposed, has previously decreed that anyone caught wearing outlandish fashions should be sent to labor
The Rodong Sinmun, a publication of the ruling Worker's Party in the secretive state, has issued a new call for such items to be kept at bay, fearing that they will cause the country to "collapse like a damp wall."
"History teaches us a crucial lesson that a country can become vulnerable and eventually collapse like a damp wall regardless of its economic and defense power if we do not hold on to our own lifestyle," it wrote in an editorial published over the weekend.
"We must be wary of even the tiniest sign of the capitalistic lifestyle and fight to eliminate it," it continued.
According to Yonhap News Agency, the Kim regime has implemented harsher penalties for those found in possession of South Korean-made videos.
According to reports, people
with dyed hair and piercings are not allowed.
According to insiders, Kim has banned "non-socialist" hairstyles and allows only a very limited range of approved haircuts.
North Korea withdrew from the Asian Qualifiers for the 2022 World Cup earlier today, according to media
The Asian Football
Confederation (AFC) announced the relocation.
North Korea had won two of their five games and finished fourth in Group H, which also included Turkmenistan, South Korea, Lebanon, and Sri Lanka.
They were supposed to play Sri Lanka next on June 3 at Goyang Stadium in South Korea, but due to the pandemic
, all of the remaining group matches were rescheduled.
The AFC stated that the FIFA Competitions Organising Committee will now look into the matter, with details on how North Korea's departure will affect the standings to be announced "in due course."
Analysts believe North Korea already possesses more than 60 nuclear weapons, though delivery vehicles are still in development.
North Korea's nuclear programs pose a "serious threat to America's and the world's security," according to US Vice President Joe Biden
He recently told Congress
that he would deal
with them using "diplomacy and stern deterrence."
The Kim regime retaliated by warning Biden that limiting the hermit state's nuclear ambitions risks an "all-out showdown."