It’s Not a Joke – North Korea Bans Happiness

It's Not a Joke - North Korea Bans Happiness

( – In observance of the late Supreme Leader Kim Jong Il, North Korea is enforcing a strict no laughing, shopping, or alcohol consumption ban for the next 11 days. Kim Jong Il ruled for six years before dying from a sudden heart attack at the age of 69 on December 17, 2011.

Radio Free Asia has confirmed the ban saying leisure activities of any sort are banned. Furthermore, anyone violating the mourning period will be arrested and prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law, up to and including execution.

Kim Jong Il was a brutal dictator who based his policies and leadership strategies on the concept of “Songun Chong’ chi,” or military first. He used the Korean People’s army to politically and economically govern the population.

North and South Korea seemed to achieve peace for a short time in the 2000s. But, sadly, that relationship quickly crumbled as Kim Jong Il and North Korean officials began chasing a future as a nuclear powerhouse.

Kim Jong Il assured the United States and South Korea that it would follow the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT) signed in 1995. However, it wasn’t long before intelligence agencies discovered evidence of underground nuclear factories producing highly enriched uranium within the region.

By 2003, Kim Jong Il withdrew North Korea from the NPT and refused United Nations weapons inspectors from entering the country. Then, in 2006, the North Korean government held its first underground nuclear test, causing world leaders to implement harsh sanctions against the country.

Today, his successor and son Kim Jong Un rules North Korea with an iron fist, modeling his father’s iconic leadership traits. Jong Un has already executed a number of his closest rivals, including his own uncle, a handful of military leaders, and several political enemies in a bid to maintain power.

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