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North Korea’s Provocative Move: Garbage-Filled Balloons Sent to South Korea

South Korean trash balloon: South Korea said about 260 balloons sent by North Korea were spotted on Wednesday morning. These balloons contain plastic bottles, batteries, shoe parts and trash.

Edited By : News24 Desk | Updated: May 29, 2024 19:11 IST
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North Korea Sent Garbage Balloon To South Korea
North Korea Sent Garbage Balloon To South Korea

Kim Jong Un escalated psychological warfare by sending balloons filled with garbage from North Korea to South Korea, aiming to provoke and humiliate while denouncing the South’s leadership. This bizarre tactic highlights strained relations and adds unpredictability to the volatile Korean peninsula situation.

In a bizarre escalation of propaganda tactics, North Korea has reportedly sent large balloons filled with garbage, including used toilet paper and cigarette butts, etc into South Korea. This unusual method of cross-border messaging is part of a long-standing psychological warfare campaign between the two Koreas.

The balloons, which began appearing earlier this year, were initially feared to contain hazardous materials. However, upon inspection, South Korean authorities discovered that the contents were merely household waste and propaganda leaflets. This tactic is designed to provoke and humiliate the South, and the attached propaganda messages denounce South Korea’s leadership and call for an end to anti-North broadcasts.

Interestingly, this isn’t the first instance of airborne leaflet campaigns in the region. Both North and South Korea have a history of using balloons to send propaganda across the Demilitarized Zone (DMZ). South Korean activists have previously launched balloons carrying anti-North Korea messages, which often infuriate the North Korean regime and have led to threats of retaliation.

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The current campaign by North Korea highlights the ongoing tensions and the unique methods each side employs in their psychological warfare. While these garbage-filled balloons may seem trivial, they underscore the strained relations and the lengths to which each country will go to undermine the other. This situation also reflects the broader geopolitical struggle on the Korean peninsula, where even seemingly minor acts can carry significant symbolic weight.

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First published on: May 29, 2024 06:55 PM IST

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