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ICC Note: For fear of jeopardizing the spirit of a recently adopted joint declaration between the two Koreas, South Korean government urges defector activists on Friday to immediately cease their balloon campaign to send anti-Pyongyang propaganda leaflets into North Korea. Stern measures will be taken to deter their activities.    

05/04/2018 North Korea (Yonhap News) – South Korea called on activists Friday to immediately stop their campaign to send anti-Pyongyang propaganda leaflets across the border, vowing to take stern actions against it.

North Korean defector-activists’ move to fly such leaflets is an “outright violation” of the spirit of a joint declaration adopted at last week’s inter-Korean summit, according to Seoul’s unification ministry.

“It is desirable that civic groups immediately suspend the campaign, to bring peace to the Korean Peninsula and ease military tensions, as the move heightens tensions along the border and serves as a cause for conflicts,” the ministry said.

It said that the government will take stern measures to deter the move while strengthening communication with civic groups and cooperating with police.

North Korea is sensitive to North Korean defector-activists’ sending of leaflets via balloons due to concerns that ordinary North Koreans can get information about the repressive regime. The leaflet campaign is one of the main sources of tension between the two Koreas.

A group of North Korean defectors warned Friday that it will fly leaflets into North Korea on Saturday at noon in Paju, near the border.

The joint summit declaration said that the two Koreas agreed to stop all hostile acts along the border, including the leaflet campaign, starting May 1 to soothe military tensions.

The previous conservative administration said that Seoul cannot curb the leaflet launches as they are a matter of freedom of speech, but added the move should not pose serious threats to residents living near the border.

The liberal government under President Moon Jae-in previously said that the government is reviewing policy for the anti-North Korea leaflet campaign.

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