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South Korea sends dollars and K-pop to North in response to bags of garbage

It was feared that the war between North Korea and its southern enemy would be fought with ballistic missiles. These days, however, the confrontation is intensifying with the balloons. In response to Pyongyang sending balloons full of waste, North Korean defectors sent dollars, K-pop music and 200,000 leaflets criticizing the regime of North Korean leader Kim Jong-un to their former homeland. A return to the sender, after North Korea released almost 1,000 balloons containing waste, cigarette butts and what appeared to be excrement into the South last week.

A photo released by the defector group shows an activist holding a large poster with photos of Kim and her influential sister, Kim Yo-jong. “The enemy of the people Kim Jong-un sent dirt and waste to the South Korean people, but we defectors are sending truth and love to our fellow North Koreans,” the poster reads.

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Earlier this week, the group revealed that it had already sent balloons to the North on May 10 with around 2,000 USB sticks containing songs by South Korean singer Lim Young-woong and other K-pop works. This is believed to have caused the recent deluge of trash-filled balloons in the opposite direction.

North Korea has reportedly agreed to temporarily halt balloon flights after Seoul warned of “unsustainable” measures, including resuming the broadcast of propaganda and pop music through a network of loudspeakers positioned along the costs of loudspeakers placed along the Demilitarized Zone (DMZ), a strip of land that has divided the peninsula since the end of the 1950-1953 Korean War.

The balloon campaigns are a classic of the undeclared war between the two enemy brothers. The latest episode pushed the South Korean president Yoon Suk Yeol to suspend an agreement reached in 2018 to reduce cross-border tensions. The decision means South Korea could resume live-fire drills and anti-Kim broadcasts near the border. The resumption of broadcasts would infuriate the North, which has already threatened to destroy the loudspeakers with artillery if they are not turned off.

Source: Vanity Fair

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