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North Korea prepares anti-South leaflets, S.Korea urges for "immediate halt"

08:37 | 21/06/2020

North Korea is gearing up to send a large number of leaflets over its southern border, the latest retaliation for anti-Kim balloon propaganda of the South as bilateral tensions rise. In reply, South Korea called the action regrettable and urged the North retreat its plan. 

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North Korea prepares to send propaganda leaflets over the South 

It is reported by KCNA that “The enraged people across the country are actively pushing forward with the preparations for launching a large-scale distribution of leaflets to pour the leaflets of punishment upon those in South Korea who are bereft of even elementary morality.”

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Park Sang-Hak, a North Korean defector living in the South and the leader of an anti-North Korea civic group, holds a balloon containing leaflets denouncing Kim Jong U. Photo: NYPost

KCNA has published photos showing that North Korean workers are printing propaganda leaflets which are described piled as high as mountain denouncing North Korean defectors and South Korea. “Every action should be met with a proper reaction and only when one experiences it oneself, one can feel how offending it is” added KCNA.

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North Korea is gearing up to send a large number of leaflets over its southern border Photo: KCNA

North Korea has blamed North Korean defectors for dropping leaflets across the border and threatened military action. Meanwhile, a group of North Korean defectors in the South said on June 19 that it has planned to send hundreds of plastic bottles stuffed with rice, medicine and face masks to North Korea by throwing them into the sea near the border between two countries on Sunday.

S. Korea urges N.K. to retreat plan to send anti-Seoul leaflets

South Korea urged North Korea on Saturday to "immediately" withdraw its plan to send anti-Seoul leaflets across the border into the South, voicing regret over its decision to do so, Yonhap reported. 

The unification ministry handling inter-Korean affairs made the request after the North's state media said earlier in the day it was printing anti-Seoul propaganda materials in large numbers and preparing to send them across the border to the South.

The North's Korean Central News Agency website showed pictures of North Korean workers sorting printed propaganda flyers in piles. One of them showed pictures of President Moon Jae-in with dirty cigarette butts in a plastic bag.

"It is very regrettable that North Korea unveiled via a media outlet its plan to send massive anti-South Korea leaflets, and we demand its immediate halt," the ministry said in a statement.

"Such acts by North Korea are a clear violation of the inter-Korean agreement, a step that does not resolve wrong practices between the two Koreas but rather exacerbates them," it said, stressing that it does no good for inter-Korean relations or the peace process on the Korean Peninsula.

It also said the government has vowed to sternly deal with anti-Pyongyang leafleting by some civic groups and stepped up control near the border towns to crack down on the activities.


On Tuesday, the North blew up the inter-Korean liaison office in the country's border city of Kaesong. The office of South Korean's President Moon Jae-In strongly criticized the younger sister of North Korean President Kim Jong Un - Kim Yo Jong, for her "rude and senseless" condemnation directed at Moon.

The inter- liaison office was set up in September 2018 at Kaesong at the time when Mr. Kim and President Moon Jae-in of South Korea had convened optimistic meetings and were discussing the possibility of broad economic cooperation.

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The North blew up the inter-Korean liaison office in the country's border city of Kaesong Photo: KCNA

However, inter- Korean relations have broken off since then. On June 5, the North issued the threat of closing the office down. Four days later, Pyongyang cut off all contacts with Seoul, including one that went through the liaison office.

The powerful and influential sister of the North’s leader, Kim Yo Jong, warned the South that “before long, a tragic scene of the useless North-South joint liaison office completely collapsed would be seen”. She also called the South as an “enemy” and condemned it for not preventing activists from dropping anti-Pyongyang leaflets across the border, reported the NY Times.

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South Korean soldiers patrol along the barbed wire fence in Paju, South Korea, near the border with North Korea on June 15. Photo: AP

North and South Korea have been still at war since their 1950-53 conflict ended without a peace treaty and have started leaflet campaigns for decades. South Korea’s military used to launch anti-North flyers across the demilitarized zone, but the program ended in 2010. Several defector-led groups have frequently sent back flyers, together with food, $1 bills, mini radios, and USB sticks containing South Korean dramas and news, according to the Globe and Mail.

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