May 20, 2024

North Korean restaurant staff insult South Koreans, calling them ‘puppets’

Experts say DPRK likely ordered staff at overseas restaurants to use slur after declaring the ROK a separate enemy state

The South Korean YouTuber Lee Jae-ho was eating at a North Korean barbecue restaurant in China this year when a waitress posed an unexpected question.

“Which country are you from? Are you Korean-Chinese, or are you a puppet?” she asked, in an encounter captured on video.

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