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A group of teenagers in North Korea are under investigation for listening to BTS song

As the Hallyu wave gradually spread around the world, listening to K-pop music is still illegal in that country.

On August 5, a group of high school students in North Korea were spotted listening to and dancing to BTS’s song “Blood, Sweat & Tears”. They were then arrested and investigated for “having a reactionary ideology and culture”. It is considered illegal in this country.

A group of teenagers in North Korea are under investigation for listening to BTS's song

It is known that K-Pop culture is banned in North Korea. North Korea’s prime minster, Kim Jong-un, previously labeled K-Pop as a “vicious cancer” that is corrupting the youth of the country he leads. As a result, he is imposing harsher penalties on citizens who are consuming South Korean movies, K-dramas and K-pop videos.

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Previously, the two countries tried to mend their relationship, Red Velvet was even chosen to perform in front of the president and high-ranking officials of North Korea. However, Korean culture is still thoroughly rejected by the government and the public of that country.

A group of teenagers in North Korea are under investigation for listening to BTS's song
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