North Korea blasts ‘exotic’ capitalism after banning jeans and mullets

North Korean media says the country risks falling "like a damp wall" in a culture war with the West's "exotic and decadent lifestyle".

"Non-socialist" fashion statements like mullets, lipstick, dyed hair and tight jeans have been banned in the hermit state.

Tubby tyrant Kim Jong-un tightened laws in December so repeat offenders could be locked up in labour camps.

But on Thursday an official newspaper warned more needed to be done to prevent the "invasion of capitalistic lifestyle", Yon Hap News Agency reports.

The Rodong Sinmun, an organ of the North's ruling Worker's Party, said: "History teaches us a crucial lesson that a country can become vulnerable and eventually collapse like a damp wall regardless of its economic and defence power if we do not hold on to our own lifestyle."

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.

North Korea reenacted a law that toughens punishment for possession of videos made in South Korea such as Gangnam Style last December.

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It came as Kim Jong-un ordered fashion police to take action in a crackdown on “non-socialist” hair dos – like the mullet.

The North Korean ruler had outlawed long or spiked hair similar to that of the 80s’ cut recently reinvented in the West by pop star Billie Eilish.

Locals seen copying the Bad Guy singer’s retro style face an enforced trip to the barbers.

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Men and woman each have a choice of 15 ­alternative haircuts – all very similar.

Women are not allowed long tresses and have been banned from dying their locks.

The provincial Youth League recently issued an order on “proper” hairstyles and clothing, ­according to news outlet Daily NK.

It stated that authorities view unauthorised hair-dos as part of the “yellow wind of capitalism” and labelled it “anti-socialist behaviour”.

At the Fifth Plenary Meeting of the Seventh Central Committee of the Workers’ Party of Korea, members decided harsher action should be taken against culprits.

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North Korea also outlawed Western-style clothing such as ripped jeans, T-shirts bearing slogans and nose and lip piercings.

Earlier this month an expert warned Kim Jong-un will never give up his quest for destructive nuclear weapons.

The tubby tyrant is also unlikely to hand them over once they can be used, according to commentator David A. Andelman.

North Korea is believed by analysts to already have more than 60 nukes, although the delivery vehicles are still being developed.

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US President Joe Biden has said nuclear programmes in North Korea are a "serious threat to America's security and world security".

He recently told Congress they would be addressed with “diplomacy and stern deterrence”.

In response, a spokesman for Jong-un’s regime warned Biden risks an “all-out showdown" if he continues his effort to limit Pyonyang’s nuclear ambitions.

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