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Activists send propaganda leaflets despite repeated warnings from North

All Headlines 12:04 April 29, 2011

PAJU, South Korea, April 29 (Yonhap) -- South Korean activists on Friday sent 10 anti-North Korea propaganda balloons across the inter-Korean border from a western border resort despite the North's repeated warnings of aimed shooting at their origins, their representatives said.

The propaganda balloons flown by about 50 activists, mostly North Korean defectors, at Imjingak, north of Seoul, Friday morning contained about 200,000 leaflets, 1,000 one-dollar bills, radios and DVDs, they said.

It is the first time since Pyongyang's threat of "merciless" retaliation last week that activists in the South have flown anti-North Korea propaganda materials across the border.

On April 22, North Korea threatened to launch "unpredictable and merciless" fire against South Korea over anti-Pyongyang leaflets, the latest warning amid a flurry of diplomatic efforts to ease tensions on the divided Korean Peninsula and revive stalled talks on the North's nuclear programs.

South Korean activists and defectors frequently send hundreds of thousands of leaflets calling for a popular revolt to topple North Korean leader Kim Jong-il, which the North sees as psychological warfare against it.
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