There is no way North Korean leader Kim Jong-un could stay out of the news for too long. For here comes yet another weird diktat from the despot ordering North Korean men and women to have their hairdo in the same style as the former and his wife.
The latest decree requires men to keep their hair no longer than 0.8 inches and cut their hair in a similar fashion to Kim Jong-un’s eccentric trademark swept-back bouffant with shaved sides aka the “ambitious” style so as to pay homage to him, The Sun reported.
While in the past at least the top of the “ambitious” style could be left longer, now even the top is cut to 2 cm or less. Moreover, young women have also been ordered to copy Kim’s wife Ri Sol–ju’s bob cut hairdo.
This has come as good news for those in hairdressing profession with people making a beeline for the barber shops, although most of them are complying with orders lest they should be persecuted.
Chinese newspaper The Chosun Ibo reports that so as to enforce the crackdown on long hair that University students are walking around with scissors and cutting off the hair of offenders.
South Korea has dropped a reference to North Korea as its “enemy” in the military’s updated policy document, reflecting President Moon Jae-in’s initiative in achieving détente with Pyongyang.
The Defense Ministry has labeled the North as enemy in its biennial policy document since 2010, when 50 South Koreans were killed in separate attacks on an island and a naval vessel blamed on Pyongyang.
The absence of the “enemy” label in the 2018 document, published Tuesday, is likely to anger conservatives in South Korea, who say that President Moon’s efforts to build better relations with the regime of Kim Jong Un is undermining the South’s defense posture.
Kim’s New Year’s Day speech in 2017 offering to send a contingent of North Korean athletes to the Pyeongchang Winter Olympics in South Korea set off a series of diplomatic breakthroughs, including three summits with President Moon.
The newly established diplomatic ties have also led to a set of confidence-building measures, including dismantling dozens of all armed guard posts and landmines in the so-called Joint Security Area located within the 250-kilometer demilitarized zone (DMZ), where troops from both Koreas are face to face.
The South Korean Defense Ministry paper warns that North Korea’s weapons of mass destruction, a reference to its nuclear and missile program, continues to pose a “threat to peace and stability on the Korean Peninsula.”
The Defense Ministry says North Korea maintains an active duty force of 1.28 million troops, compared with the South’s 599,000 active duty troops. The regime either possesses or is developing 14 different types of ballistic missiles, including five intercontinental ballistic missiles (ICBMs) with a range of more than 5,500 kilometers. The North also owns “a considerable amount” of highly enriched uranium, along with 50 kilograms of weaponized plutonium. (VOA)