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North Korea bans drinking, laughing to mark former leader’s death anniversary

The government of North Korea has issued an 11-day ban on drinking and laughing in order to commemorate the 10th anniversary of the death of the country’s former leader.

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The Asian nation lost its leader, Kim Jong II in 2011, after he took over in 1994.

The declaration was made by his successor, third and youngest son, Kim Jong Un, who is also the current leader of North Korea.

“During the mourning period, we must not drink alcohol, laugh or engage in leisure activities,’ a North Korean from the northeastern border city of Sinuiju told Radio Free Asia,” a source said.

Kim Jong Un, the current supreme leader of North Korea.

The source added, “In the past, many people who were caught drinking or being intoxicated during the mourning period were arrested and treated as ideological criminals. They were taken away and never seen again.

“Even if your family member dies during the mourning period, you are not allowed to cry out loud and the body must be taken out after it’s over. People cannot even celebrate their own birthdays if they fall within the mourning period.”

In addition, there will be no grocery shopping on December 17 – the exact date of the ex-leader’s death.

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