Activists launch leaflets into N. Korea after nuclear test

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 North’s fifth and largest-ever nuclear test last week.

Hours before the balloon launch was scheduled to begin, the North’s official KCNA news agency published a commentary describing Park as “human scum without an equal in the world.”

KCNA said the balloon launch was a desperate response to the success of last week’s test, and a bid by Seoul to “stoke confrontation” over the holiday period.

The launch came in the middle of the three-day Chuseok harvest festival holiday — 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 — a practice that infuriates Pyongyang which has threatened military strikes in response.

Source The nation