North Korea Sends Balloons Loaded with Trash into South Korea

North Korea Sends Balloons Loaded with Trash into South Korea
North Korea Sends Balloons Loaded with Trash into South Korea
North Korea Sends Balloons Loaded with Trash into South Korea
North Korea Sends Balloons Loaded with Trash into South Korea

North Korea Sends Balloons Loaded with Trash into South Korea

North Korea Sends Balloons Loaded with Trash into South Korea

North Korea Sends Balloons Loaded with Trash into South Korea

Key Highlights:

  1. North Korea deploys 260 balloons filled with trash across the border.
  2. South Korea’s military detects and analyzes the debris for potential threats.
  3. Actions condemned as violations of international law by South Korean officials.

In an unusual move to antagonize its neighbor, North Korea has launched large balloons filled with sacks of trash into South Korea. The Joint Chiefs of Staff (JCS) of South Korea reported that as of Wednesday morning, about 260 balloons have been detected since Tuesday night. These balloons have dispersed debris across various locations, including border areas, Seoul, and the southeastern province of South Gyeongsang, according to Yonhap News Agency.

Images released by the JCS show the balloons carrying plastic bags and damaged items, scattering sheets of paper, plastic bits, and what appears to be dirt onto pavements and roads. No damage has been reported yet, but a JCS officer noted that the balloons contained various types of garbage such as plastic bottles, batteries, shoe parts, and manure.

South Korean authorities are currently analyzing the contents of the balloons, and the military is collaborating with the United Nations Command. “North Korea’s actions clearly violate international law and seriously threaten the safety of our citizens,” the JCS said, emphasizing that all responsibility for the balloons lies with North Korea. The JCS sternly warned North Korea to cease its inhumane actions immediately.

Residents in the northern provinces of Gyeonggi and Gangwon received warnings from local governments about “unidentified objects” and were advised to stay indoors. The JCS stated that the balloons pose potential risks to homes, airports, and roadways.

This action is seen as retaliation against South Korean activists who often send propaganda leaflets, food, medicine, radios, and USB sticks with South Korean media content into North Korea. Despite a 2020 ban by South Korea’s government on such operations, activists, including defectors, continue to transmit these items via balloons, drones, and bottles floating down rivers.

Kim Kang Il, North Korea’s Vice Minister of National Defense, recently condemned these leaflet-sending activities, labeling them a “dangerous provocation” that could be used for military purposes, CNN reported citing North Korean state media KCNA.

(Inputs from CNN)

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