Activists send balloons, dollar bills over North Korea

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Activists from South Korea on Friday launched balloons carrying leaflets, radios, DVDs and a thousand U.S. dollar bills into North Korea.

About 50 activists, mostly defectors from the North, launched 10 of the balloons from Imjingak, north of Seoul, the South’s Yonhap news agency reported.

It was the first launch of the propaganda balloons since the North last week threatened to respond with artillery fire against the launch location, according to the Yonhap report.

The group last sent balloons over North Korea on April 15, the birthday of the North’s late leader, Kim Il-sung, Yonhap reported. Those leaflets highlighted democracy movements in the Middle East and North Africa, a message designed to inspire a similar movement in North Korea

Friday’s propaganda launch comes a day after President Carter returned from a visit to North Korea with word that its leader, Kim Jong Il, would hold a summit with his South Korean counterpart at any time.

South Korean President Lee Myung-bak is declining any official contact with the North until Pyonyang accepts responsibility for the sinking of the warship Cheonan in March 2010, which left 46 sailors dead, and the November shelling of a South Korean island in which two troops and two civilians died.

 

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