January 19, 2016 09:48
North Korea has scattered at least 1 million propaganda flyers over South Korea since Jan. 12, the Defense Ministry here said on Monday.
The military and police have retrieved about 100,000 of the flyers, ministry spokesman Kim Min-seok said, an estimated 10 percent of the amount dropped.
The North Korean Army has floated large balloons carrying the flyers across the Imjin River every day in response to the South resuming propaganda broadcasts at the border after the North's nuclear test early this month. They are equipped with small detonators that cause the balloons to burst in mid-air and shed the leaflets.
Most have been found in Seoul and surrounding Gyeonggi Province.
"The massive scale of the operation suggests that the North had prepared the flyers in advance, anticipating the resumption of the loudspeaker broadcast campaign after the latest nuclear test," a military officer here speculated.
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