‘New counteraction’: North Korea sends 300 more trash balloons south

'New counteraction': North Korea sends 300 more trash balloons south

NEW DELHI: North Korea sent over 310 more balloons filled with trash including scrap paper and plastic to south across the border overnight on Sunday following Kim Jong’s sister warned of “new counteraction“, news agency Yonhap reported quoting Seoul’s military.
“The latest batch of waste-loaded balloons sent late Sunday contained scrap paper and plastic, with no toxic material detected so far,” the joint chiefs of staff said adding that, as of early Monday morning, no more balloons had been seen floating in the sky.
The move came in retaliation to South Korea playing loudspeaker broadcasts as a form of ‘psychological warfare’ against North Korea.
“If the ROK simultaneously carries out the leaflet scattering and loudspeaker broadcasting provocation over the border, it will undoubtedly witness the new counteraction of the DPRK,” Kim Jong Yo said as reported by news agency KCNA.
Terming it a “psychological warfare”, Kim’s sister said that South Korea would have to “suffer a bitter embarrassment of picking up waste paper without rest and it will be its daily work”.
North Korea has been sending hundreds of balloons into the South in recent weeks, carrying trash like toilet paper and cigarette butts. The move come in retaliation to South floating balloons bearing pro-Pyongyang propaganda northward, which Seoul is legally unable to halt.
(With inputs from agencies)


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