North Korea Retaliates with Trash Balloons Over Border to South Korea

North Korea has reportedly sent balloons carrying trash and excrement into South Korean territory, in what is claimed to be a retaliatory act against South Korea for sending propaganda leaflets into the North. South Korea’s military discovered over 200 balloons in two border provinces, which were attached to plastic bags filled with waste paper and excrement. This act follows a statement from North Korea’s Vice Defense Minister threatening such measures in response to the propaganda balloons sent from South Korea. The South Korean military is currently investigating the incident, with explosive disposal teams also deployed as a precaution.

  • North Korea has allegedly sent over 200 balloons carrying trash and excrement into South Korea.
  • This act is in retaliation for propaganda leaflets that were sent into North Korea from the South.
  • The South Korean military found these balloons in two border provinces, attached to plastic bags filled with waste.
  • Photos shared by the South Korean military show the balloons and their unsanitary contents.
  • North Korea’s Vice Defense Minister had previously threatened to send rubbish over the border.
  • Explosive disposal teams are involved in the investigation, checking for propaganda leaflets among the waste.
  • Earlier this month, a South Korean activist group claimed to have sent 20 balloons into North Korea, carrying 3,000 leaflets condemning the Pyongyang regime and USB sticks with K-pop videos.
  • The timing for sending balloons from South to North Korea is usually around April and May, taking advantage of favorable wind conditions.

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