Activists launch leaflets into N. Korea after nuclear test
SEOUL: South Korean activists launched tens of thousands of anti-Pyongyang leaflets across the border into North Korea on Thursday, denouncing its latest nuclear test and defying threats of retaliation.
The leaflets, criticising leader Kim Jong-Un for putting nuclear weapons before the wellbeing of his people, were launched with helium balloons from the border city of Paju.
The propaganda exercise, organised by North Korean defector-turned-activist Park Sang-Hak, came amid surging military tensions on the divided Korean peninsula following the Northâ€™s fifth and largest-ever nuclear test last week.
Hours before the balloon launch was scheduled to begin, the Northâ€™s official KCNA news agency published a commentary describing Park as â€œhuman scum without an equal in the world.â€
KCNA said the balloon launch was a desperate response to the success of last weekâ€™s test, and a bid by Seoul to â€œstoke confrontationâ€ over the holiday period.
The launch came in the middle of the three-day Chuseok harvest festival holiday â€” celebrated on both sides of the border.
Conservative South Korean activists, including many North Korean defectors, have been carrying out leafleting exercises using giant helium balloons for years â€” a practice that infuriates Pyongyang which has threatened military strikes in response.
Source The nation