A group of North Korean defectors on Thursday pressed ahead with plans to float anti-communist regime leaflets to North Korea, undeterred by threats from Pyongyang to attack the South.
Seven members of Fighters for Free North Korea gathered on a hill in Gimpo, Gyeonggi Province in the morning and released helium balloons carrying 200,000 leaflets to the North. They also attached 1,000 US$1 bills, which are prized there amid an ongoing currency crisis.
Park Sang-hak, who leads the group, said, "We're just sending information about what North Korean defectors saw and felt in South Korea to our families back there in the form of letter. It is an infringement of our freedom of expression if the government tries to stop us. It's nonsense to say that this will spark a war."
Police earlier this week blocked the group from floating leaflets from the Imjingak pavilion overlooking the demilitarized zone.