June 28 (UPI) — North Korea has not eased tough restrictions on the kind of music citizens listen to or the clothes they wear, following a reduction of tensions with the United States and South Korea.
A source in the country’s Yanggang Province told Daily NK on Wednesday authorities have been instructing officers to keep an eye out for non-socialist and anti-socialist behavior.
“On the eve of the [June 12] summit, cadres were assembled and lectured to,” the source said. “The main message was to fasten the socialist gate bolt that can stand against the ideology of the imperialists.”
The lecture made a distinction between non-socialist and anti-socialist behavior.
Non-socialist actions would include dying one’s hair, wearing fishnet stockings, or long stockings with floral patterns.
“Clothes with English lettering should also not be worn,” Daily NK’s source said.
Officers were told to confiscate banned items if they are found in marketplaces, according to the report.
Women wearing skirts above the knee should also be fined about $3-5, the source said.
Anti-socialist behavior includes criticizing the policies of the Korean Workers’ Party, watching South Korean film and television shows and listening to South Korean music, or dancing in a South Korean style.
Instructions from authorities may be too little, too late, however.
The source said K-pop style dancing, is known as “erotic dance” in North Korea. The “erotic dance” style is spreading in Pyongyang, and some are offering lessons in South Korean style dance, the report states.
North Korea has been stressing economic development since Kim Jong Un met with the U.S. and South Korean presidents.
Jeong Eun-lee, a researcher at Seoul’s Korea Institute for National Unification, said in published findings on Wednesday multiple visits by Kim Jong Un to China are signs to non-state firms in the world’s second-largest economy that North Korea is open for business.
China can say it is observing sanctions but informal trade with North Korea will expand, Jeong said, according to Yonhap.