Kim Jong-un bans sarcasm in North Korea fearing people will only agree with him 'ironically'
North Korea's Kim Jong-un has banned sarcasm because he fears people only agree with him ironically, according to reports.
Government officials were apparently warned they will "not be forgiven" if they are heard being sarcastic.
Mass meetings were organised across the country to spread the word about the new order.
“One state security official personally organised a meeting to alert local residents to potential ‘hostile actions’ by internal rebellious elements," Radio Free Asia's Korean Services quoted a source as saying.
“The main point of the lecture was ‘keep your mouths shut’.”
One of the banned phases is “this is all America’s fault”, alluding to Mr Kim's default position of blaming the US for everything that goes wrong.
“This habit of the central authorities of blaming the wrong country when a problem’s cause obviously lies elsewhere has led citizens to mock the party,” the source told Radio Free Asia.
Mr Kim is apparently referred to as "a fool who cannot see the outside world” by government workers who could not understand why he did not attend commemorations in Russia and China to mark the anniversary of the end of the Second World War.
North Korea on Wednesday rejected a UN Security Council statement condemning the reclusive state for its latest missile tests and threatening to take "further significant measures".
"The DPRK categorically rejects this as an intolerable act of encroaching upon its dignity, right to existence, sovereignty and right to self-defence," a spokesman for the Foreign Ministry of North Korea was quoted by the official Korean Central News Agency (KCNA) as saying.
The statement by officials in Pyongyang follows the test-firing by North Korea of three ballistic missiles on Monday, as world powers gathered for a G20 meeting in China, with leader Kim Jong-Un hailing the tests as "perfect".
Far-fetched media claims made about North Korea's young leader
'He could drive at the age of 3'
Kim Jong-un was a child prodigy who could drive at just three-years-old, according to North Korea's school curriculum. At 9, the future leader was winning yachting races, pupils are told.
'He's had plastic surgery'
"The regime wants its people to see Kim Jong-un as Great Leader Kim Il-sung reincarnated. They fattened him up and gave him a thorough training — and plastic surgery, too, some even say — to make him look just like his grandfather," Kim Kwang-in told the New York Times.
'He's the Sexiest Man Alive'
In 2012, China's Communist Party online newspaper fell for a report on the satirical website The Onion naming the North Korean dictator as the 'Sexiest Man Alive'.
'He's addicted to cheese'
In 2014, Kim Jong-un's rumoured bout of ill health was widely attributed to an avid fondness of Emmental. He reportedly grew to love it while studying in Switzerland and 'gorged on the cheese so much that he has ballooned in size and is now walking with a limp', according to tabloid reports.
'He conquered North Korea's highest mountain'
In April 2015, Kim Jong-un climbed North Korea's highest mountain Mount Paektu, wearing a suit and dress shoes, according to state media in Pyongyang. At 9000ft, Paektu is nearly twenty times the height of the Great Pyramid of Giza.