SEOUL (Reuters) – North Korea is preparing to send propaganda leaflets across its southern border and to denounce the North Korean defectors and South Korea, the state media said on Saturday the recent retaliation for leaflets from the south as bilateral tensions increase .
FILE PHOTO: A soldier watches over a checkpoint on the Grand Unification Bridge that leads to the inter-Korean Kaesong industrial complex in North Korea, south of the demilitarized zone that separates the two Koreas, in Paju, South Korea, on June 17, 2020 REUTERS / Kim Hong- Ji
Angry North Koreans across the country are “actively pushing ahead with the introduction of a mountainous leaflet,” the state-run news agency KCNA said.
“Every action should be answered with the right response, and only when you experience it yourself can you feel how insulting it is,” said KCNA.
North Korea has accused North Korean defectors of throwing leaflets across the border and threatened it with military action. Pyongyang blew up an inter-Korean liaison office on Tuesday to show its displeasure with the defectors and South Korea for not preventing them from publishing leaflets.]
The South Korean Ministry of Unification, which is responsible for inter-Korean dialogue, said Saturday that North Korea’s plan to send out leaflets was “extremely unfortunate” and urged that the plan be canceled immediately.
A group led by a North Korean defector said Friday that it had abandoned a plan to send hundreds of plastic bottles filled with rice, medication, and face masks to North Korea by being thrown into the sea near the border on Sunday.
The two Koreas, who are still technically at war when their conflict ended between 1950 and 53 without a peace treaty, have been running leaflet campaigns for decades.
The South Korean military used to launch anti-north leaflets in the demilitarized zone, but the program ended in 2010.
Several groups led by defectors have regularly returned flyers along with groceries, $ 1 bills, mini radios and USB sticks with South Korean dramas and news, usually by balloon over the border or in bottles by the river.
Pyongyang used balloons to send its anti-south leaflets. South Koreans were previously rewarded with stationery for reporting leaflets from the north.
Reporting by Jane Chung; Edited by William Mallard and Jane Wardell