They weren’t just soap operas…they were South Korean soap operas.
Details of the killings of 10 North Korean Officials were provided in an intelligence report that was delivered to South Korea’s parliament on Tuesday. The officials were executed by firing squad, and were killed for either watching South Korean soap operas, engaging in bribes, or womanizing.
The officials that were executed were reportedly close to Jang Song-thaek, the uncle of Kim Jong Un, who was arrested in December and then executed for committing crimes against the state.
The elimination of North Korean officials suggests that Kim Jong Un is looking to get rid of anyone who may oppose him in the near future, ensuring that he will continue to reign over North Korea.
According to people that have successfully escaped North Korea, pirated versions of South Korean and Chinese television shows are bought and sold all over the country’s black market.
I can just picture a sketchy North Korean man in a trench coat in an alleyway opening up his jacket and saying he’s got the goods. Then he’ll ask if you want to buy Season 2 of Days of Our Lives.