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South Korean activist resumes flying anti-North leaflets

South Korean activist resumes flying anti-North leaflets

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — A South Korean activist said Thursday he launched a million propaganda leaflets by balloon into North Korea this week, inside his earliest such military operation while standing trial for past leafleting under a contentious new rules and regulations that criminalizes such actions.

The rules and regulations that took effect inside March 2021 with every one other accompanied by punishes anti-Pyongyang leafleters accompanied by up to trio years inside prison has been hotly debated inside South Korea, accompanied by critics saying Seoul's tolerant management was sacrificing freedom of speech to improve ties accompanied by competitor North Korea.

Park Sang-hak, a North Korean defector-turned-activist, said he resumed his leafleting military operation this week following halting such activities for a year throughout a police investigation with every one other accompanied by court of rules and regulations trial for sending balloons across the border inside April last year. The trial is continuing with every one other accompanied by no indeed verdict has been issued.

On Monday with every one other accompanied by Tuesday, his category floated 20 enormous balloons carrying leaflets critical of North Korea's nuclear program with every one other accompanied by the Kim family's hereditary regulation across the tense Korean border, Park said.

Park said the balloons too contained pictures of South Korea's incoming conservative president, Yoon Suk Yeol, to show North Koreans the difference in the centre of the South's election system with every one other accompanied by the North's father-to-son successions. He said small books with every one other accompanied by USB sticks, which convey details concerning South Korea's monetary with every one other accompanied by ethnic development, were too place inside the balloons.

"North Korea has deceived us. It on one occasion said it would scrap its nukes nevertheless its leader Kim Jong Un with every one other accompanied by (his sister) Kim Yo Jong are now menacing to launch preemptive nuclear strikes on South Korea with every one other accompanied by the international community. I want to condemn such acts," Park said by phone.

Police inside Gyeonggi province, who have jurisdiction over the border areas where Park claimed to have launched the leaflets, said they were checking details concerning Park's activities. They said they weren't aware of Park's reported leafleting inside advance.

Park said some of his leaflets flown this week reached Pyongyang with every one other accompanied by other North Korean cities. Experts speak numerous leaflets launched inside the past landed inside frontline South Korean areas. North Korea hasn't reacted to some leafleting this week.

North Korea is extremely sensitive concerning some external outside try to undermine Kim Jong Un's leadership with every one other accompanied by weaken his absolute jurisdiction over the country's 26 million people, most of whom have little access to overseas news. In 2020, North Korea blew up an empty, South Korean-built liaison office on its territory following making a furious response to South Korean civilian leafleting campaigns. In 2014, North Korea fired at propaganda balloons flying in the direction of its territory with every one other accompanied by South Korea returned fire, though there were no indeed casualties.

In late 2020, South Korean lawmakers supporting outgoing, tolerant President Moon Jae-in's appeasement policy on North Korea passed the anti-leafleting law, arguing it is meant to retain away from unnecessarily provoking North Korea with every one other accompanied by build sure the safety of frontline South Korean residents.

Moon will exist replaced by Yoon, a former top prosecutor who has promised to lay clasp of a tougher dash on North Korea, on May 10. Yoon's communal gathering has harshly criticized the anti-leafleting law.

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Associated Press author Kim Tong-hyung contributed to this report.

South Korean activist resumes flying anti-North leaflets

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