Propaganda leaflets potentially sent by balloon from North Korea have been found in South Korea’s capital, photos provided to NK News this week showed.
The pro-North leaflets, which attack the Trump administration and current U.S. policy towards the DPRK, were spotted on Mount Bukhan in northern Seoul between Tuesday and Thursday.
Many of the leaflets also show off Pyongyang’s military capabilities against Washington.
One describes “A superpower on a cutting board,” and portrays the U.S. as a dying fish on a chopping board.
The fish is covered with the words “decapitation operation, preventive war, preemptive strike and secret operation,” and the board reads: “ready for war and sanctions.”
“Decapitation operation” refers to regular drills by the U.S. and South Korea on the peninsula, in which soldiers train for a “decapitation” of the DPRK leadership in event of war.
Another leaflet, describing North Korea as a “Truly nuclear power” shows the Hwasong-12 ballistic missile targeting the island of Guam and the Hwasong-14 intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM) hitting the U.S. mainland.
“Your Excellency, the U.S. security is put on emergency alert,” a caricature of U.S. Secretary of Defense James Mattis tells President Trump.
Another leaflet features the Pukguksong-2, Hwasong-12, and Hwasong-14 rockets threatening Washington.
“If there is a minor sign of decapitation operation, preventive war, preemptive strike and secret operation, we will mercilessly devastate with our preemptive strike,” it reads.
Another shows American and South Korean soldiers in a pair of crosshairs, and criticizes recent joint military drills between the U.S. and the South.
“Invaders will never return alive,” the caption says. “The U.S. and the puppet group of traitors should not run riot recklessly,”
Condemning the “Ludicrous statement of the war maniac,” another leaflet shows a caricature of Trump saying: “Even if a war happens, it will happen on the Korean peninsula, and if thousands die, they will die on the Korean peninsula.”
“Rage people! This is the real intention of the U.S. clamoring for the blood alliance,” the leaflet read.
One leaflet features a photo of recent protests in the South in opposition to the deployment of the U.S.-made Terminal High Altitude Aerial Defense (THAAD), calling for “all the public to powerfully engage in the anti-U.S. sacred war.”
“The U.S. only considers our people as their cannon fodder and war supplies.”
One leaflet also attacks U.S. Forces Korea (USFK)’s plan to relocate major bases to Pyeongtaek city, Gyeonggi Province by 2018, saying that the USFK was trying to “find a way to survive.”
In the cartoon, a U.S. soldier standing in a “safe zone” tells his colleague that USFK was “now revived” as the base is “far away from the ceasefire.”
“Do they run away for their survival? Do they can get out of the striking range of the Korean People’s Army?” a South Korean soldier says, with another soldier expressing concern that only the South Korean armed forces would perish.
In another leaflet, the two South Korean soldiers run away from the “truce line,” calling for the current government to “protect the deathly site” and saying that “the best way to serve their parent devotedly is to survive and return hometown.”
Two other leaflets promote recent nuclear and missile tests by the North.
One leaflet celebrates “The nuclear thunder of Juche Chosun,” and says the DPRK “successfully carried out” an H-bomb test for an intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM) “in accordance with the Workers’ Party of Korea’s plan for building a strategic nuclear force.”
“There is no power in the world who can match with the great power of Mount Paektu who possesses atomic and hydrogen bomb and an intercontinental ballistic rocket,” it read.
Several other likely North Korean leaflets appeared in central Seoul locations over the weekend, promoting North Korea’s September 3 hydrogen bomb test and attacking South Korean President Moon Jae-in’s policies.
South Korean media has reported leaflets appearing in Seoul and Gangwon province in recent months.
A deluge of leaflets appeared in the South between November 2016 and March this year. Topics included former President Park Geun-hye, the then-recently inaugurated U.S. President Donald Trump, and emerging solid fuel North Korean missile technologies, among others.
Edited by Oliver Hotham
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