October 12, 2016 13:24
An activist group has been delivering USB sticks and memory cards with South Korean films or soap operas to North Koreans by drone since last year.
Jung Kwang-il of No Chain, an organization of North Korean defectors, said Tuesday he explained advantages of using drones to deliver outside information to the North to U.S. Ambassador to the UN Samantha Power when she visited his home on Monday. Power promised him support, he said.
Jung was detained at the infamous Yodok political prison camp from 2000 to 2003 and became an activist when he fled to South Korea in 2004.
"We can deliver memory sticks or cards with outside information to North Korean homes accurately by using drones equipped with mini cameras," Jung said. "Drones are probably the fastest and safest way to deliver outside information to the North."
He came up with the idea when surveillance at the border with China was stepped up. "Since Kim Jong-un came to power, it has become more difficult and expensive to have those materials reach people in the North across the Duman River from China," he said. "It can cost up to W10 million, and I thought that money could be used for drones (US$1=W1,123)."
His drones carry USB sticks and memory cards with South Korean movies or soap operas, videos of defectors living here, images of the U.S. presidential election, and copies of UN resolutions on North Korean human rights.
He is also sending tablet PCs or smartphones so North Koreans can watch the videos. "North Koreans watch them themselves or sell them in the black market," he said. "The main consumers of the information are young people."
"Some ask for latest South Korean or U.S. films or series, and the recent Korean War flick 'Operation Chromite' is now popular there," he added.
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