N.Korean Propaganda Leaflets Found on Cheong Wa Dae Grounds

      October 17, 2017 11:07

      Propaganda leaflets thought to have originated in North Korea were found inside the Cheong Wa Dae compound on Monday morning. Around 60 leaflets, similar to those spotted in other parts of Seoul recently, were found in the garden and near the walls of the compound's press center.

      The 10 cm-by-2 cm leaflets carry phrases such as "How pathetic is the government to beg for security assurances from the U.S., which is having problems breathing properly due to its fear of North Korea?," "North Korea's fearsome nuclear punch will deliver a stern punishment to ensure that [U.S. President Donald] Trump will no longer utter nonsense and resort to unruly behavior," and "Dear Leader Kim Jong-un sternly vows to surely tame the U.S. old lunatic with fire."

      A propaganda leaflet is found near the press center at Cheong Wa Dae on Monday. /Yonhap

      It is unclear how the leaflets landed on the grounds of Cheong Wa Dae. North Korean propaganda leaflets usually arrive via vinyl balloons designed to burst over the South's airspace.

      A Cheong Wa Dae official said, "Presidential security gathered the leaflets. Military and other agencies will try to determine how they were dropped." Police believe they may have been sent along with leaflets found on Inwang and Bukhan mountains near Cheong Wa Dae, and been carried into the compound by winds.

      Cheong Wa Dae said propaganda leaflets were found inside the presidential compound and nearby areas eight times last year and 11 times this year.

      Since North Korea's latest nuclear test early last month, propaganda leaflets have been found in Seoul and nearby cities in Gyeonggi Province, with messages seeking to foment fear of a nuclear attack. Around 20,000 were found on the roof of a church in Incheon on Monday. The leaflets carried slogans and images praising Kim and boasting of the North's military power. On Sept. 28 and 29, around 1,000 leaflets praising the regime were found in northern and western Seoul. 

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