🔥 Premium AI-powered Stock Picks from InvestingPro Now up to 50% OffCLAIM SALE

North Korea sending rubbish-filled balloons to South Korea again: Seoul

Published 09-06-2024, 08:29 pm
© Reuters.  North Korea sending rubbish-filled balloons to South Korea again: Seoul

Seoul, June 9 (IANS/DPA) North Korea has once again sent numerous balloons with plastic bags full of rubbish across the heavily militarised border between the two countries, South Korea said.

Between Saturday and Sunday morning, around 330 "rubbish balloons" were released from North Korea, according to the General Staff in the capital, Seoul.

More than 80 of them had landed on South Korean territory. The rest likely did not reach their target. The trash consisted of paper and plastic, among other items.

Initial investigations had shown that they did not contain any dangerous substances. Nevertheless, people were urged not to touch the landed objects.

North Korea's balloon actions are a reaction to similar activities by South Korean groups, which repeatedly send thousands of leaflets and other propaganda material across the border in huge gas balloons.

In the leaflets, they slam the authoritarian leadership of the closed-off neighbouring country. The propaganda activities of the South Korean activists are considered controversial in South Korea.

According to reports in South Korean media, two different groups undertook such leaflet campaigns on Thursday and Friday.

Pyongyang generally reacts sensitively to propaganda from outside and accuses the government in Seoul of supporting such balloon campaigns by private groups.

North Korea has sent more than 1,000 balloons filled with waste products and, in some cases, slurry to South Korea since the end of May.

Given the growing tensions on the Korean peninsula, South Korea's government recently decided to suspend a 2018 military agreement with North Korea on confidence-building measures at the border.

This paved the way for the resumption of military exercises near the military demarcation line and possible propaganda broadcasts with loudspeakers in the direction of the North.

--IANS/DPA

sd/svn

Latest comments

Risk Disclosure: Trading in financial instruments and/or cryptocurrencies involves high risks including the risk of losing some, or all, of your investment amount, and may not be suitable for all investors. Prices of cryptocurrencies are extremely volatile and may be affected by external factors such as financial, regulatory or political events. Trading on margin increases the financial risks.
Before deciding to trade in financial instrument or cryptocurrencies you should be fully informed of the risks and costs associated with trading the financial markets, carefully consider your investment objectives, level of experience, and risk appetite, and seek professional advice where needed.
Fusion Media would like to remind you that the data contained in this website is not necessarily real-time nor accurate. The data and prices on the website are not necessarily provided by any market or exchange, but may be provided by market makers, and so prices may not be accurate and may differ from the actual price at any given market, meaning prices are indicative and not appropriate for trading purposes. Fusion Media and any provider of the data contained in this website will not accept liability for any loss or damage as a result of your trading, or your reliance on the information contained within this website.
It is prohibited to use, store, reproduce, display, modify, transmit or distribute the data contained in this website without the explicit prior written permission of Fusion Media and/or the data provider. All intellectual property rights are reserved by the providers and/or the exchange providing the data contained in this website.
Fusion Media may be compensated by the advertisers that appear on the website, based on your interaction with the advertisements or advertisers.
© 2007-2024 - Fusion Media Limited. All Rights Reserved.