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N.K. paper warns against inflow of capitalistic culture into country

All News 10:13 May 13, 2021

SEOUL, May 13 (Yonhap) -- North Korea's official newspaper called Thursday for efforts to prevent capitalistic culture from seeping into the country, warning that otherwise, the country could fall "like a damp wall"

The Rodong Sinmun, an organ of the North's ruling Worker's Party, made the appeal, saying that attempts to establish socialism in other countries failed due to the "invasion of capitalistic lifestyle."

"History teaches us a crucial lesson that a country can become vulnerable and eventually collapse like a damp wall regardless of its economic and defense power if we do not hold on to our own lifestyle," the paper said.

The paper also warned the youth, in particular, against following the "exotic and decadent lifestyle" of capitalism.

"We must be wary of even the slightest sign of the capitalistic lifestyle and fight to get rid of them," it added.

The North has recently stressed socialism and tightened ideological control over its people.

In December, the North reenacted a law that toughens punishment for possession of videos made in South Korea as part of efforts to prevent the inflow of outside culture that could influence its people's ideology.

Residents in Pyongyang hold a mass rally against the United States on June 25, 2017, the 67th anniversary of the 1950-53 Korean War, in this file photo. The North calls the anniversary the Day of Anti-U.S. Struggle, as the U.S. and other nations fought for South Korea under the United Nations flag against invading North Korea during the war. (For Use Only in the Republic of Korea. No Redistribution) (Yonhap)

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