December 03, 2021

North Korea opens up about ‘law-breaking’ youth in bid to inspire loyalty

Stories of young men who met Kim Jong Un and found ‘new path’ in life aired in detail on state TV

North Korean state TV aired an interview with a former criminal who redeemed himself and achieved a coveted meeting with Kim Jong Un, as part of a new propaganda campaign that seems to be aimed at preventing youth from abandoning their worksites.

The campaign -- which is taking place amid an apparent labor shortage -- offers rare details of domestic criminal and anti-socialist activity, as Pyongyang often boasts of maintaining a perfect socialist society where employment, housing and education are guaranteed and everyone supports the party.