North Korea Sends Trash-Filled Balloons To South Korea

After the southern nation blared K-pop over the border, North Korea responded with floating goodie bags.

By: Bronte Price

North Korea has reportedly begun sending balloons filled with cigarette butts into South Korea. Following North Korea’s alleged H-bomb test in January, both countries have amplified their propaganda against each other.

South Korea began blaring K-pop songs, which are prohibited in North Korea, and harsh criticism of the North’s leader, Kim Jong-un, across the border with a high-powered speaker. North Korea, who has referred to South Korea as the land of “political filth,”then began sending over balloons filled with leaflets and trash.

More than 10,000 balloons were designed to release their contents over South Korea. The leaflets referred toPresident Park Geun-hye as a “filthy president,” and denounced the United States. Both countries have condemned North Korea’s alleged nuclear tests. Not all the balloons detonated as planned, leaving random balloons hovering in South Korean Villages near the border. Chief superintendent of the police, Kim Hak-young, said of the debris on Thursday, “We can confirm that they included cigarette butts,” but did not provide further details.

North Korea came under intense international scrutiny last month after claiming to test and H-bomb, which the United States has said is not possible. The United Nations condemned the alleged test which may lead to sanctions against the country.

U.S. Secretary of State, John Kerry, said about the test, “Kim Jong Un’s actions are reckless, and they are dangerous. Whether or not he achieved the explosion of a hydrogen weapon is not what makes the difference. It’s that he is trying.”

North Korea announced on Tuesday that it plans to launch a rocket with a satellite attached to it in the near future. Pyongyang alerted the International Maritime Organization, saying that the launch would occur between Feb. 8 and Feb. 25. UN sanctions prohibit North Korea from carrying out any nuclear or ballistic missile tests.

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