SEOUL, South Korea (AP) – South Korean activists vowed Thursday to launch balloons next week carrying anti-Pyongyang leaflets across the border into North Korea, days after their campaign triggered gunfire between the rival Koreas.
North Korea considers leaflets an attack on its government and has long demanded that South Korea ban activists from sending them. South Korea refuses, saying the activists are exercising freedom of speech.
Last Friday, North Korea opened fire after propaganda balloons were floated from the South. South Korean soldiers returned fire, but there were no reports of casualties. North Korea has warned it would take unspecified stronger measures if leafleting continues.
South Korean activist Choi Woo-won said Thursday his group won’t yield to the North’s threats and plans to send about 50,000 leaflets on Oct 25. “Our government and people must not be fazed even though North Korea, the criminal organisation, is blackmailing us,” said Choi, a university professor.
He said his leaflets will urge a military rebellion against North Korean leader Kim Jong-Un. “The leaflets will tell North Korean soldiers to level their guns at Kim Jong-Un, launch strikes at him and kill him,” Choi said.