Tuesday, January 19, 2016

North Korea drops 1m propaganda leaflets into South Korea as tensions rise

north korea drop pamphlets praising hydrogen bomb test over border
In a shocking reaction to South Korea's criticism of the Hydrogen bomb test conducted by neighbour and arch rival North Korea - the latter has now responded back strongly.
In what is being viewed as an act of psychological warfare, North Korea has dropped a million propaganda leaflets over the border. The pamphlets reportedly praise the nuclear test conducted by the North on January 6, 2016 and criticises President Park Geun-hye.
As per latests reports, North Korea flew the propaganda leaflets by balloon over the heavily fortified border with South Korea, escalating tensions in the Korean peninsula.
Immediately after North announced its successful testing of a Hydrogen bomb, claiming that it is a move of self-defence against the U.S., South Korea had begun broadcasting its popular K-pop music along with anti-Pyongyang rhetoric over the border. As a stern response, North Korean media publicised its leader Kim Jong Un's visit to the military headquarters to congratulate the scientists that created the Hydrogen bomb and encourage them to build stronger bombs.
Meanwhile, South Korean President Park Geun-hye, along with U.S. President Barack Obama strengthened efforts to put forward a strong response against Kim's regime
. South Korea, along with U.S. and Japan are said to be seeking China's support for a United Nations Security Council resolution to punish North Korea with additional sanctions for the nuclear test. China, a veto-wielding member of the council, has called for a return to disarmament talks to address the impasse.
Last week, South Korean troops are said to have fired warning shots at a drone approaching the military demarcation line. South Korea's defense ministry has now said that the North's leaflets were being air-dropped on a near-daily basis and the leaflets have reached as far as Seoul, which is about 60 kilometers from the border.
Seoul believes that its propaganda broadcasts help to demoralize frontline troops and residents near the border.

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