North Korean teens face gulag for using 'perverted' slang words

North Koreans face the gulag for using slang words after Kim Jong-un unleashed a bizarre new crackdown on 'perverted' language.

The secretive state adopted the new measures in December, fearing that its teenage citizens were growing too comfortable with words popular in democratic South Korea.

Now the authorities will inspect citizens' phones, hunting for any use of banned expressions in private messages.

Those caught will be suspected of flouting the ban on South Korean TV and could face the gulag.

North Koreans face the gulag for using slang words after Kim Jong-un unleashed a bizarre new crackdown on 'perverted' language

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North Koreans face the gulag for using slang words after Kim Jong-un unleashed a bizarre new crackdown on 'perverted' language

Talking to Rimjingang, a Japan-based magazine focused on the dictatorship, one North Korean parent revealed the sort of harmless slang that could land kids in hot water.

'The target of the crackdown is the text messages on cell phones,' they said.

'It has been a while since South Korean dramas first came to North Korea, right?

'Since cell phones have become common recently, young people are using South Korean phrases in their text messages.

'For example, almost all young people are using 'saranghaeyeong' (I love you), 'chal-ka' (see you), 'bye-bye,' and 'ty' (the English abbreviation for thank you) in their texts.'

They continued: 'If there are any expressions in the text messages that are not used in North Korea, the owner of the device will be suspected of watching South Korean dramas and interrogated.

'Inspectors also check the text messages for any rumours or complaints about difficulties due to the Covid-19 pandemic.

The secretive state adopted the new measures in December, fearing that its teenage citizens were growing too comfortable with words popular in democratic South Korea

The secretive state adopted the new measures in December, fearing that its teenage citizens were growing too comfortable with words popular in democratic South Korea

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'However, students and young people are clever, so they are very careful to delete their text messages as soon as possible after sending them.'

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