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DPRK says it will confront South Korea’s destabilizing actions

Pyongyang, Jun 10 (Prensa Latina) The Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK) warned on Monday that it would respond to the psychological and propaganda warfare involving the launch of hot-air balloons and loudspeakers by South Korea on the border.

In a statement quoted by KCNA, Kim Yo-jong, deputy director of the Communications and Propaganda Department of the Workers’ Party of Korea (WPK), affirmed that the DPRK would firmly counter such actions.

On May 10, some 20 balloons launched from South Korea crashed into the airspace of the DPRK. They carried leaflets calling for the destabilization of the State and insulting the WPK General Secretary and Chairman of the State Affairs Commission, Kim Jong-un.

Pyongyang replied to the provocation by launching more than 3,500 trash balloons from May 28 to June 2. It said that it would answer 100 times more if Seoul resumed the bombing with insulting leaflets.

South Korea ignored the warning and allowed additional balloon launches last weekend, and it suspended a September 2018 military agreement that included a ban on military drills near the shared border and propaganda broadcasts over public address systems.

Kim Yo-jong warned in her statement that the DPRK would reciprocate with a response, and called on Seoul to moderate itself and stop such confrontational acts that aggravate the crisis between the two Koreas.