North Korea unveils anti-Seoul propaganda plans

North Korea unveils anti-Seoul propaganda plans

On Tuesday June 23rd the North Korean government owned new agency, KCNA, announced the state’s plan to assemble balloons that would carry anti-Seoul propaganda to their neighbouring country.

The same media source indicated that 3000 balloons were being prepared to carry “12 million leaflets of all kinds reflective of the wrath and hatred of the people” as well as cigarette butts and other trash items. When carried out, this would be the biggest distribution of anti- propaganda leaflets ever experienced in Seoul.

North Korea’s “plan of distributing the leaflets against the enemy is an eruption of the unquenchable anger of all the people and the whole society”, reported the KCNA.

The statement concluded by saying that it was time for South Korea to “face the music” and feel the repercussions of their actions.

This method of distribution was utilized a few weeks ago by groups in South Korea to target Kim Jong-un’s administration. Ultimately this action, alongside a delayed reaction from the South Korean government to condemn the groups, ignited the feud between both regions.

The scheme is still in the process of preparation. There has not been a clear indication of when it would occur but the source indicated that actions would be taken soon.

This would be the second measure taken by the North Korean authorities after their relationship with South Korea began to deteriorate recently. On Tuesday June 16th, the government detonated a bomb in the inter-Korean Liaison office in the border town of Kaesong in North Korea. Although the building was empty, this symbolical action represented the cutting of ties and communication between both nations that had previously been announced by Leader Kim Jong-un.

Sophie Velloso

Sophie Velloso is studying International Relations at Richmond the American International University in London. She is focusing her studies in the areas of transnational public affairs. She has an interest in geopolitics, international security, and sustainable development.