The warnings were given in mass meetings organized by central government authorities across the isolated, one-party state starting at the end of August, the sources said.
“One state security official personally organized a meeting to alert local residents to potential ‘hostile actions’ by internal rebellious elements,” a source in Jagang province, which lies along the border with China, told RFA’s Korean Service this week.
“The main point of the lecture was ‘Keep your mouths shut!’” the source said, speaking on condition of anonymity.
Similar warnings were given at a meeting held in neighboring Yanggang province on the evening of Aug. 28, a source in the province said.
Warning his listeners to guard against being “dragged into internal hostile behavior,” the official conducting the meeting pointed specifically to commonly used expressions such as “This is all America’s fault,” which when spoken ironically could be taken to imply criticism of the regime.
Kim Jong-un is back in the news today, banning sarcasm throughout the entire country of North Korea to prevent citizens from criticizing him and his regime.
Can I confess something to you guys? Other than swearing to destroy America and starving/brainwashing his citizens, I love Kim Jong-un. He's freaking HILARIOUS. He has a weird haircut. He tells his citizens incredibly ridiculous lies. He looks like a walking Asian marshmallow. And now, he's trying to get every single person in North Korea to stop being sarcastic. Can you imagine being that insecure? You're taking away one of the biggest components of the English language, just in case someone makes a joke about you as a leader. That's so ridiculous that I love it.
If I was forced to move into North Korea tomorrow, I would be dead by this time next week. There was a story recently about Kim shooting one of his cabinet members with a ROCKET LAUNCHER because he had "poor posture" during a cabinet meeting. I wouldn't be able to last more than two days without laughing at/about the supreme leader or making some smartass comment about Kim looking like the Michelin Man. And then boom, RIP Tommy.