Death penalty for listening to K-Pop, Kim’s car has parts made in South Korea, a special car has been made on Putin’s orders

North Korea is not just a land of mystery but also of contradictions. A recent report states that a 22-year-old man was sentenced to death for listening and sharing South Korean K-pop songs. However, the limousine that Russian President Vladimir Putin gifted to North Korean leader Kim Jong-un during his recent visit to Pyongyang had some parts made in North Korea’s biggest enemy, South Korea. The Aurus limousine that both Putin and Kim took turns driving was actually made in Russia. However, according to a Reuters report, customs records show that the carmaker uses millions of dollars in imported parts from South Korea.

The Aurus sedan was built by Russian research institute NAMI. The car was built on Putin’s special instructions. It was used by Putin during his presidential term in 2018 and 2024. The car was introduced to the general public in 2021. It is ironic that the much-hyped luxury vehicle had parts from South Korea, which Kim Jong-un has described as North Korea’s “worst enemy”. According to a human rights report released by South Korea’s Unification Ministry, North Korean authorities publicly hanged a 22-year-old man for listening to and sharing K-pop music and movies.

The man from South Hwanghae Province was executed in 2022 after being found guilty of listening to 70 South Korean songs, watching three movies, and sharing them. However, reports have surfaced only recently. The crackdown on South Korean pop culture, including K-pop and K-dramas, is seen as a way to curb the corrupting influence of Western culture. These activities include wearing white dresses for brides, the groom carrying the bride, wearing sunglasses, or using wine glasses for alcohol.

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