We know that North Korea is a pretty crazy place, and that it’s leader does whatever he wants to most of the time.
But could you live in a country where drinking and singing out loud were banned?
Apparently, that’s the latest step that North Korean dictator Kim Jong-un has taken to keep his people under control.
Now South Korean spies believe that Kim has banned drinking and singing parties as economic sanctions begin to bite, they have claimed.
According to intelligence briefings given to South Korean lawmakers on Monday, the move is intended to reduce the impact of economic sanctions imposed on the country by the rest of the world.
It’s basically so that people don’t notice the poverty that they’re living under, and they don’t all get together to protest or to do something about it.
So now, according to the South Korean spooks, the North Korean capital Pyongyang, “has banned any gatherings related to drinking, singing and other entertainment and is strengthening control of outside information”.
The ban comes just a few months after the Pyongyang Beer Festival was cancelled amid reports of a drought.
The South Korean National Intelligence Service is reported as saying that these new rules have been added to the already heavily controlled conditions that North Korean citizens live under.
North Koreans are already not allowed to travel abroad – although most are too poor to do that even if they were allowed – conversations are monitored by the state and harsh punishments are regularly imposed for being in possession of media from outside the country.