June 11, 2020 08:25
The Unification Ministry announced Wednesday that it will file a complaint with police against two organizations of North Korean defectors for sending balloons carrying propaganda leaflets across the border on May 31.
The balloon campaign prompted a hysterical outburst from North Korea.
The government, which has been desperate to appease the volatile regime, cast about for grounds to ban the practice since then and finally alighted on the claim that it somehow breaches an inter-Korean military pact and threatens the safety of South Korean residents near the border.
The government has also started the process of revoking the organizations' charitable status. The move comes a day after North Korea cut off all communication lines with South Korea in response to the leaflet campaign.
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