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Kim Jong-Un Says K-Pop Is A "Vicious Cancer”

Kim Jong-un, the leader of North Korea has described K-pop as a “vicious cancer”. According to the New York Times, Jong-un wants to stop the spread of South Korean entertainment to his citizens. Jong-un believes that cultural exports from South Korea are influencing North Koreans and weakening his control. If this is left unchecked, he fears that his people might start considering the South an alternative Korea to replace the North, Jiro Ishimaru, Chief Editor of Asia Press International. North Koreans could face up to 15 years in labor camps for owning or watching South Korean entertainment. South Korea recently revised its Military Service Act to allow K-pop stars to postpone their service until they are 30. The previous law required all able-bodied men to enlist in the military for about 20 months once they turn 28. This law was passed just before BTS member Jin’s 28th birthday.

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