The North Korean military on Wednesday threatened to fire aimed shots at targets in South Korea if defector organizations float more balloons carrying propaganda leaflets across the border.
But defector groups were undeterred, pledging to float the balloons from Baeknyeong Island in the West Sea on Friday and Saturday as scheduled to mark the first anniversary of the North's sinking of the Navy corvette Cheonan. The government says it cannot interfere in the activities of civic groups.
The North's official KCNA news agency quoted the commander of the North Korean Army's western frontline district as saying troops are always ready to fire aimed shots at the "bases of anti-North Korean psychological warfare" along the entire frontline. "The troops are prepared to take action any time," he added.
"Psychological warfare is an act of war. In order not to repeat the lesson of the artillery duel over Yeonpyeong Island, they should immediately stop all psychological warfare maneuvers, including dissemination of leaflets," he added.
On Feb. 27, the head of the North Korean delegation to the inter-Korean military talks sent a message to the South, threatening to fire aimed shots at the sources of psychological warfare.