A group of South Korean activists has resumed its cross-border scattering of anti-Pyongyang propaganda leaflets and thousands of DVDs of a U.S. movie last week, officials said on Thursday, in what could be a source of tension between the two Koreas.
“On Saturday afternoon near the military line in Gangwon Province, we have sent DVDs of ‘The Interview’ and U.S. dollars to the North with balloons,” a South Korean activist group said.
“We are planning to send balloons whenever weather conditions allow. However, they will be done confidentially due to opposition,” the group said. “It will be continued until North Korea guarantees freedom of press.”
“The Interview” is a U.S. comedy featuring a plot to assassinate North Korean leader Kim Jong-un. Pyongyang has condemned the movie as the “most undisguised” sponsoring of terrorism.
The moves to resume sending the anti-Pyongyang fliers came several weeks after activist groups suspended their plans last month amid mounting inter-Korean tensions as North Korea threatened to use “all the firepower strike means” to stop the campaigns.
In October last year, the North, extremely sensitive to such leaflet scattering, fired machine guns at balloons launched by activists. Some bullet rounds landed in the South’s territory, but no one was hurt.
Activists in the South often send anti-Pyongyang propaganda leaflets, including U.S. dollar bills, via balloons across the border to criticize the autocratic North Korean regime. (Yonhap)