North Korean Officials Shocked At KPOP Gig

Tiffany Chung, Jan. 29, 2018, 9:33 a.m.


Eight North Korean apparatchiks were shocked to the core of their puritanical souls on Saturday when they stumbled on a rehearsal by a skimpily clad South Korean girl band. The officials, who sported Soviet-style fur hats, were visiting MBC in northwestern Seoul on Saturday afternoon, and in one studio they were unexpectedly greeted by girl band Oh My Girl rehearsing for a live TV show two hours later.

The officials' expressions grew stern as South Korean movies, TV dramas and music are banned as a "capitalistic scourge" in the North, and those caught watching them are sometimes executed.

They were there to inspect MBC studios that will be used to stage a North Korean taekwondo performance during the Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang.

"They seemed visibly nervous, staring at the ceiling or the floor or turning around in circles as they tried to avoid looking at the stage," said a South Korean official who accompanied them.

But they were unable to back out fast and had to endure long minutes of the gyrating starlets and listen to throbbing dance music.

The eight-member North Korean delegation led by Sports Ministry official Yun Yong-bok wrapped up their three-day visit t on Sunday and headed back to Pyongyang.

They also inspected other facilities and venues for North Korean athletes and cheerleaders.

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