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Koreas Continue IW on Anniversary of War Outbreak

On the 61st anniversary (25 June 1950) of the initiation of hostilities between the two Koreas, groups in the DPRK and ROK continued an ongoing information war.  The DPRK’s Committee for the Peaceful Reunification of the Fatherland issued a statement accusing the ROK of an “anti-DPRK policy.”  Xinhua reports:

The South Korean authorities’ persistence in maintaining an anti-DPRK policy “on the brink of total failure” convinced the South Koreans and the world there was nothing to expect from them, said a spokesman of the Committee for the Peaceful Reunification of Korea.

Isolated and driven into a corner internally and externally, the South Korean authorities’ confrontation policy had already failed and persistence in it would “only precipitate its downfall,” the spokesman said.

“Its confrontation moves will further deteriorate north-south relations and, worse still, lead to a war, which may inflict untold calamities upon the nation,” he said.

The spokesman urged the South Korean authorities to “behave itself, well aware of what its confrontation policy will bring after all.”

In ROK, activists and defectors launched balloons containing leaflets about the war and recent events in North Africa and the Middle East.  Yonhap, via Korea Herald, reports:

About 10 activists, mostly North Korean defectors, released the propaganda balloons in Paju, north of Seoul, Saturday morning. The balloons carried about 100,000 leaflets, 500 one-dollar bills, booklets, radios and DVDs, they said.

The leaflets included stories of the North Korean invasion of the South in 1950 and the uprisings in North Africa and the Middle East, they added.

“I had learned that the South started the Korean War when I was in North Korea. But I was surprised when I found out the North actually invaded the South,” said Park Sang-hak, a North Korea-born defector who led the anti-North Korea campaign. “We sent the balloons to tell North Korean people the truth of the Korean War.”

Defectors and other South Korean activists frequently send hundreds of thousands of leaflets despite Pyongyang’s threat of retaliation.

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