North Korea sends more balloons filled with excrement to South Korea

Thomas Mackintosh,bbc news

Reuters On May 29, a balloon believed to have been sent by North Korea carrying various objects, including what appeared to be garbage and excrement, was spotted over a rice field in Cheorwon, South Korea.Reuters

On May 29, a balloon believed to have been sent by North Korea carrying various objects, including what appeared to be garbage and excrement, was spotted over a rice field in Cheorwon, South Korea.

North Korea is sending more balloons carrying garbage and excrement across the heavily fortified border into South Korea, the South Korean military said.

It comes just days after North Korea appeared to send at least 200 garbage balloons across the border in retaliation for propaganda leaflets sent from the south.

South Korean Defense Minister Shin Won-sik called it “unimaginably petty and low-level behavior.”

North Korea has yet to comment on the latest batch of balloons, but on Thursday, Vice Defense Minister Kim Kang Il warned that waste paper and trash would be sent across the border so the South could appreciate the effort being made. need to remove them.

South Korea’s military asked the public to avoid touching the balloons and report them to authorities, according to a Saturday statement reported by the news agency. Yonhap.

Late Tuesday, residents living in Seoul and the border region received text messages from the provincial authorities asking them to “refrain from outdoor activities.”

They were also asked to file a report at the nearest military base or police station if they detected an “unidentified object.”

South Korean authorities said the bags “contained dirty garbage and waste” and were being analyzed by relevant authorities.

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Photos shared on social media show bags tied with string to translucent white balloons containing toilet paper, dark soil and batteries, among other contents.

In some of these photographs you can see police and soldiers.

South Korea’s Yonhap news agency reported that “some of the fallen balloons were carrying what appear to be feces, judging by their dark color and smell.”

South Korea’s military condemned the act as a “clear violation of international law.”

“It seriously threatens the security of our people. North Korea is fully responsible for what happens due to the balloons and we sternly warn North Korea to immediately stop this inhumane and rude action,” the military said.

Both North and South Korea have used balloons in their propaganda campaigns since the Korean War in the 1950s.

The recent incidents come days after North Korea said it would retaliate against the “frequent scattering of leaflets and other garbage” in border areas by activists from the South.

In addition to anti-Pyongyang propaganda, activists in South Korea have launched balloons carrying, among other things, cash, banned media content and even Choco Pies, a South Korean snack banned in the North.

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