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North Korea Warns of Military Response Against South Over Leaflet Drops

February 27, 2011

North Korea threatened to take military action if the South continues to drop leaflets fomenting revolt, Korean Central News Agency reported.

North Korea said it will fire at the “source” of balloons containing leaflets and video clips saved on flash-memory devices and DVDs, along with books and one U.S. dollar bills. The leaflets were a psychological plot to “shake up our socialism and break the trust of our military and people,” state-run KCNA said today.

South Korea’s military has dropped leaflets on North Korea that contain information on pro-democracy revolts in the Middle East with the intention of provoking a movement against Kim Jong Il’s regime, a South Korean lawmaker said last week.

The leaflets detail popular uprisings that toppled Egypt’s government and sparked a revolt in Libya that resulted in a United Nations Security Council demand for a war crimes investigation into the regime of Muammar Qaddafi. The leaflets argue that “a dictatorial regime is destined to collapse,” Song Yong Sun, a member of the National Assembly’s defense committee, said in an e-mailed statement two days ago.

The leaflets travel in balloons that distribute their cargo when they burst, according to her office.

South Korea has sent more than 3 million leaflets across the border in renewed “psychological warfare” since North Korea shelled one of its islands in November, killing four people, the statement said. KCNA hasn’t reported on demonstrations in the Middle East.

North and South Korea remain technically at war after their 1950-1953 conflict ended in a ceasefire.

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