#South Korea vows to end border protests after Kim Jong Un’s sister’s threat

South Korea vows to end border protests after Kim Jong Un’s sister’s threat

June 4, 2020 | 8:25am

South Korea said Thursday it plans to ban activists from flying anti-Pyongyang leaflets over the border – hours after Kim Jong Un’s sister threatened to cancel a recent bilateral military agreement with Seoul if the activity continues.

Kim Yo Jong, the Hermit Kingdom’s leader’s younger sister and key adviser, issued the warning after propaganda leaflets concealed in 500,000 balloons were sent across the border this week by several North Korean defectors, the Guardian reported.

The leaflets assailed the despot’s nuclear threats, according to the Yonhap news agency. Previous messages also have slammed the rogue regime’s human rights record.

Kim’s sister warned of the possible scrapping of the 2018 inter-Korean military agreement that promised to eliminate practical threats of war, saying that pact was “hardly of any value,” according to Reuters.

She also warned that Pyongyang would withdraw from the Kaesong industrial project and shut down the joint liaison office in the North’s border city unless Seoul put a stop to such activity.

Kim Yo Jong, who serves unofficially as her brother’s chief of staff, serves formally as a vice director of the ruling Workers’ Party’s powerful Central Committee.

The “anti-DPRK leaflets” — titled “Defectors from the North” — have been dumped along the North’s side of the heavily fortified DMZ.

DPRK, or the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea, is the official name of North Korea.

“If such an act of evil intention committed before our eyes is left to take its own course under the pretext of ‘freedom of individuals’ and ‘freedom of expression’, the south Korean authorities must face the worst phase shortly,” Kim Yo Jong said in a statement carried by state news agency KCNA.

Responding to the statement, a spokesman for South Korea’s Unification Ministry, which handles inter-Korean affairs, called for a stop to the leafletting.

With Post wires


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