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North Korea drops “trash balloons” on South Korea

  • May 29, 2024
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North Korea drops “trash balloons” on South Korea

North Korea has dropped as many as 260 balloons carrying rubbish on South Korea. This led authorities to warn residents to remain indoors. The South Korean military also warned the public against touching any of the white balloons or the bags attached to them which contain “filthy waste and trash.”

The balloons were found in eight of nine provinces in South Korea and are being analysed. The two countries have both used balloons in their propaganda campaign ever since the Korean War in the 1950s. The South Korean military said that it would investigate whether any propaganda leaflets were inside the balloons.

This comes just days after North Korea vowed it would retaliate against the “frequent scattering of leaflets and other rubbish” in border areas from activists south of the border.

“Mounds of wastepaper and filth will soon be scattered over the border areas and the interior of the ROK and it will directly experience how much effort is required to remove them,” North Korea’s vice-minister of defence Kim Kang Il told state media in a statement on Sunday. ROK or Republic of Korea is the official name of South Korea while the North is known as the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea or DPRK.

Residents living north of the South Korean capital Seoul and in border regions were sent text messages from provincial authorities telling them to “refrain from outdoor activities.” They were also asked to file a report on any “unidentified object” at the closest military base or police station.

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