South Korea’s unification ministry on Tuesday said it will sternly deal with the scattering of leaflets criticising the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK) after the alleged dispersion of such leaflets across the inter-Korean border overnight.
According to the statement, the unification ministry in charge of inter-Korean affairs expresses deep regrets over an attempt by some civic group activists to send anti-DPRK leaflets and materials across the border.
The ministry noted that it would sternly deal with such acts in cooperation with relevant agencies, including the police.
It added that it would strongly respond to the anti-DPRK leaflets distribution, which escalates tensions between the two Koreas and endangers the lives and safety of people residing in border areas.
Some civic group activists, mostly defectors from the DPRK, claimed to fly balloons carrying anti-DPRK leaflets and materials on Monday in an area near the western inter-Korean border.
The local media reported that the balloons were found in an eastern area of South Korea, some 70 km southeast away from the place the balloons were flown.
Earlier this month, the ministry filed a legal complaint against two civic groups for having sent anti-DPRK leaflets.
The government of Gyeonggi province, surrounding the capital Seoul, asked the Seoul Metropolitan Policy Agency and the Gyeonggi Northern Provincial Police Agency earlier in the day to investigate the civic group activists who distributed anti-DPRK leaflets on Monday.
The provincial government noted that the civic groups have been suspected of embezzling and misusing donations and doing fraudulent businesses by disguising themselves as human rights activists and insulting others.
Pyongyang has recently cut off all communication lines with Seoul and blown up the inter-Korean joint liaison office building near the border with South Korea in protest against the dispersion of anti-DPRK leaflets across the border by defectors in the South.