June 22, 2020 11:05
North Korea has unveiled propaganda leaflets denigrating President Moon Jae-in and the South Korean government as it prepares to disseminate them across the border.
North Korean state media on Saturday published photos of propaganda leaflets featuring Moon's face covered in cigarette butts and trash. "The only way to realize the level of humiliation is to suffer the same treatment," the official Rodong Sinmun daily wrote. "Preparations are being made across the country to send propaganda leaflets to the South reflecting people's anger."
The [North] Korean Central Television broadcast an interview with a fervent youth league official in Chorwon, Kangwon Province voicing his willingness to fly propaganda leaflets into South Korea. They depend on a southerly wind.
The South immediately urged the North to stop since government-sponsored propaganda is prohibited under cross-border agreements. Minjoo Party spokesman Kang Hoon-shik said, "We urge you to immediately halt the dissemination of propaganda leaflets. We will firmly resolve the problem of propaganda leaflets being sent to the North."
The Unification Ministry also voiced regret, but Cheong Wa Dae refrained from comment.
But North Korea refused to comply. A spokesman for the United Front Department in a statement on Sunday said, "We, clearly aware that leaflets scattering is the violation of the North-South agreement, do not have any intent to reconsider or change out plan at a time when the [bilateral] relations have already been broken down."
Meanwhile, North Korea continues to deploy soldiers to the demilitarized zone. According to military sources, the North removed thickets in the DMZ and refurbished paths leading up to its guard posts.
One researcher at a state-run think tank here said, "North Korea could resort to further provocations in the DMZ and NLL," the Northern Limit Line separating the two Koreas' territorial waters.
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