North Korea threatened retaliation against South Korea Friday after anti-Pyongyang leaflets had made their way across the tense border.
“The puppet forces should not forget even a moment that the whole of South Korea might turn into a sea of fire due to the foolhardy leaflet scattering operations,” the frontline combined units of the North’s Korean People’s Army (KPA) said in an English-language statement. “There is a limit to the patience of the frontline soldiers of the KPA.”
The statement noted that a South Korean activist group called Voice of Martyr sent anti-North Korea leaflets in balloons on July 24.
Other conservative organizations flew their balloons in border areas of Gyeonggi and Gangwon Provinces last month, the statement added.
Earlier Friday, the Fighters for a Free North Korea (FFNK), made up of North Korean defectors and activists, said it had also sent their anti-Pyongyang messages.
The North’s military claimed that the South Korean activists have been sending their leaflets “with the tacit connivance of the South Korean regime and military.” It added that with “such a large-scale psychological warfare,” the two Koreas have been “plunged into the state of a war, in actuality.”
For years, conservative activists and North Korean defectors in the South have flown leaflets to help encourage North Koreans to eventually rise up against the Pyongyang regime.
Last October, the two Koreas exchanged machine gun fire across the border after the North apparently tried to shoot down balloons carrying anti-Pyongyang leaflets.
The 1950-53 Korean War ended in an armistice, rather than a peace treaty, leaving the two Koreas still technically at war.