Scramble, Secrecy as Anti-Kim Leaflets Land Near North Korea’s Border with China

Sandra Loyd

When South Korean balloon-lifted leaflets slamming Kim Jong Un just recently landed next to a high school near to North Korea’s border with China, security representatives summoned instructors, trainees and soldiers to bury the fliers– then made them all promise to keep the occurrence as a state secret, according to sources in the area.

Releasing anti-Kim leaflets into the North by helium balloon throughout the Demilitarized Zone from South Korea has actually been a strategy of Pyongyang challengers and human rights groups in the South for years, however North Korea just recently chose to make the fliers a main point of contention in inter-Korean relations.

On Tuesday North Korea ruined a landmark intermediary office with South Korea in a “terrific explosion”– days after the nation stated it was cutting all interactions with Seoul over the anti-Pyongyang leaflets.

Numerous specialists think that the brochure drops are simply a reason that North Korea is utilizing to ratchet up pressure on Seoul and Washington in a restored drive to get concessions in stalled denuclearization settlements. Pyongyang looks for remedy for sanctions targeted at denying it of resources and money for illegal weapons programs.

The balloon landing last month near a high school in the border province of Ryanggang, nevertheless, revealed that authorities in North Korea still take the spread of the leaflets as a severe danger.

” In early May, a number of [leaflets] were discovered on a hill near Yonhung High School in Hyesan, Ryanggang province,” a citizen of the province, who asked for privacy for security factors, informed RFA’s Korean Service Tuesday.

The source stated the leaflets “criticized the highest dignity,” utilizing an honorific term to describe Kim Jong Un.

” The security authorities were placed on high alert when soldiers discovered [the leaflets] and reported them to the provincial security department,” stated the source.

The source explained the balloons in a way that matched those utilized by South Korean civic groups, whose launches typically target the parts of North Korea closest to South Korea. It is uncommon that balloons reach northern provinces.

“The balloons carrying anti-North Korea leaflets were about 10 meters (33 feet) long, made of a thick transparent vinyl film. They carried leaflets critical of the highest dignity. They were found by school faculty, students and soldiers,” the source stated.

Not long after the discovery, a number of security representatives gotten here on the scene and took charge of the lots of people there.

” Members of the provincial security department, who were dispatched late, worked with the leaders of the military systems at the scene to construct a thick human wall with soldiers, and buried [the leaflets],” the source stated.

After the preliminary troubleshooting procedure, the security department turned its eyes to the witnesses.

“They made the soldiers, school faculty, students and residents pledge that they would not disclose any state secrets, then sent them home,” stated the source.

On the exact same day, the result of the examination was sent out to the Central Committee [of the Korean Workers’ Party] as a Top report,” added the source, describing highly-sensitive interactions planned to reach Kim Jong Un.

In spite of the containment effort, another homeowner of Ryanggang, who asked for privacy to speak easily, stated that news of the balloons had actually currently started dispersing amongst individuals.

“They were saying that a number of goods, which should have been scattered in the southern inland parts of North Korea had flown all the way to the Sino-Korean border,” the second source stated.

In addition to denunciations of the Kim family, the balloons bring news that the Pyongyang federal government keeps from its residents, as well as presents, consisting of U.S. dollars or USB flash drives with videos that are prohibited in North Korea, to promote liberty and success in the South.

The current state-sponsored rallies in North Korean cities staged to knock defectors and refugees in South Korea are an effort to divert attention from the truth that the exiles have a much better life in the South, according to the source.

“I can see why the authorities are criticizing North Korean defectors by holding rallies and demonstrations against South Korea these days. Soldiers and residents are showing keen interest in the lives of North Korean defectors who settled down in South Korea, as they saw a number of goods and leaflets in early May.”

Reported by Saewon Kim for RFA’s Korean Service. Equated by Leejin Jun. Composed in English by Eugene Whong.

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