North Korea escalates military threats in defector leaflet spat.

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North Korea’s military says it will re-enter border areas that was demilitarised under 2018 inter-Korean pact with South Korea.

The military threatened to re-enter zones if South Korean defector groups should continue with their campaign to send propaganda leaflets across the border. Report says.

Tensions have risen over the leaflets, which are usually sent across the border by balloon and carry messages critical of North Korea’s leader Kim Jong Un.

Pyongyang threaten to sever inter-Korean ties and take retaliatory measures.

Seoul’s defence ministry called for Pyongyang to abide by the 2018 agreement, in which both sides promised to end ‘all hostile acts’ and dismantled a number of structures along the heavily-fortified Demilitarized Zone between the two countries.

Maintaining readiness

“We’re taking the situation seriously, our military is maintaining readiness posture to be able to respond to any situation.”
Ministry spokeswoman Choi Hyun-soo, said.

Several defector led groups, sends leaflets along with food, one dollar bills, mini radios and USB sticks containing South Korean dramas and news, across the borders.

South Korea’s President Moon Jae-in urged Pyongyang to keep peace agreements reached by the two leaders and return to dialogue; despite the North Korean threats to take legal action.

There is determination to continue with their planned campaign this week;

 

Olawunmi Sadiq

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