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N. Korea not amused by London hair salon's Kim Jong-un ad

© AFP / KCNA

Text by FRANCE 24

Latest update : 2014-04-16

North Korean officials have paid a visit to a London hair salon after it used a poster of "Dear Leader" Kim Jong-un to advertise a discount offer for people suffering from a "bad hair day".

The hair salon in west London created the giant window-poster after unconfirmed – and probably unfounded – media reports claimed men in the reclusive Asian state had been ordered to have the same hairstyle as their leader

“Bad Hair Day? 15 percent off all gent cuts through the month of April,” the advert read.

Kim’s distinctive haircut – with its shaved sides and bowl-like shape on top – has been a light-hearted talking point for North Korea watchers.

But officials at the country’s embassy, which is just a short walk away from the salon, paid a visit to the hairdresser to complain about the poster and wrote to the Foreign Office asking it to take “necessary action” to stop “the provocation,” a British diplomatic source said.

The source said the Foreign Office was considering its response.

The embassy, located in a semi-detached house near the hair salon, filed a complaint to the police too.

A spokeswoman for London’s Metropolitan police said on Wednesday that the complaint had been investigated and that no action would be taken.

“We spoke to all parties involved and there were no offences,” the spokeswoman said.
Officials at the embassy could not immediately be contacted for comment.

David Burrowes, a lawmaker from Prime Minister David Cameron’s Conservative Party who specialises in North Korean issues, said the incident was both amusing and sinister.

“On the one hand their response is laughable,” he told London’s Evening Standard newspaper.

“But underlying is a more sinister undertone which is played out in North Korea with people being locked up, killed and denied freedoms.”

(FRANCE 24 with REUTERS)
 

Date created : 2014-04-16

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