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N Korea at crossroads

North Korea passes ban on South Korean slang

Authorities respond to growing ranks of K-drama fans in the North

People walk away from statues of North Korea founder Kim Il Sung, left, and late leader Kim Jong Il in Pyongyang after paying their respects in 2017.   © Reuters

SEOUL -- North Korea has enacted a law to "preserve" the country's distinct version of Korean by cracking down on terms from its southern neighbor.

The Supreme People's Assembly this week unanimously approved the legislation on the "protection of the cultured language of Pyongyang," the official Korean Central News Agency reported Thursday.

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