İrem UZUN -TDO- North Korea's Supreme People's Assembly (SPA) has passed a number of new laws on foreign culture, tech and telecom, state media reported on Saturday. The Korean Central News Agency (KCNA) said on Friday that the members of the assembly discussed and endorsed a series of laws on "rejecting reactionary ideology and culture", on the introduction of sci-tech achievements, on forestry, and on mobile telecommunications.
Particularly notable was a law on rejecting reactionary ideology and culture, which the KCNA reported would be certainly observed by all the institutions, enterprises, organizations and citizens in the country. The principles enshrined in the law were aimed at “further cementing our ideological, revolutionary and class positions by thoroughly preventing the inroads and spread of the antisocialist ideology and culture and firmly maintaining our idea, spirit and culture,” the report said. The law on mobile telecommunications deals with the principal issues arising in mobile telecommunications including the set-up, management and operation of mobile telecommunications facilities, the diversification of mobile telecommunications, service and use of mobile telecommunications and registration of mobile telecommunications equipment.
While it is not exactly known what events triggered an already draconian regime to take such actions, the new law may be related to corruption or the popularity of foreign cultural influences spurred on by the growth of the private economy.