More pro-North Korean propaganda leaflets have been found in Seoul, with many strongly criticizing South Korean President Moon Jae-in and his relations with U.S. counterpart Donald Trump.
The flyers were discovered on Mount Bukhan and in Pyeongchang-dong in the north of Seoul last week and over the weekend.
A source – who wished to remain anonymous – said they and a companion noticed that other leaflets were seen in Gugi-dong in Jongno-gu and in Namsan, commenting that they “must have been widespread.”
In contrast to ones found in October – which primarily targeted Trump – last week’s flyers largely criticize the South Korean President.
One leaflet, titled “maid of the Yankee,” denounces President Moon’s relations with the U.S. and Japan, calling him a “mongrel dog.”
“Ouch, there is no trump card that can beat North Korea,” says a wounded Trump, surrounded by the words “total destruction, preventive war, sanctions, decapitation, fire, and fury.”
“Sir, have this and cheer up,” Moon tells the U.S. President, serving him a plate of meat titled “Free Trade Agreement (FTA)” and “Terminal High Altitude Area Defense (THAAD).”
The rear part of the leaflet describes Moon as a “servant of the Jap,” and pictures the South Korean President pulling a wagon reading “General Security of Military Information Agreement.”
Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe holds a sword with the word “reinvasion” and a gravestone reading “Takeshima” – a reference to the disputed Dokdo islets.
“Mongrel Moon who is a pro-U.S. and Japanese traitor ridicules the public sentiment of candlelight [vigils],” the leaflet reads.
Another flyer criticizes the South Korean President’s policy toward the North, showing a bandaged Moon driving a car without a steering wheel.
The car license plate reads “subservience to the powerful and betrayer of the country.”
One leaflet mocks President Moon, depicting him licking Trump’s foot and angry at a protest against the deployment of the U.S.-made THAAD missile defense battery.
“Let’s strictly judge… the government which gets closer to the foreign countries and becomes estranged with the public,” a phrase below the photos reads, describing the Moon administration as a “pro-U.S. government.”
Another leaflet also shows a naked President Moon licking the heel of the U.S. President under an umbrella reading “blood alliance,” describing the South Korean President as a “shaggy dog of Trump.”
Behind Moon a nude Lee Myung-bak and imprisoned Park Geun-hye declare that “[Moon] is not different from us.”
One North Korea watcher said the recent leafets “do seem to reflect North Korea’s shifting view of the Moon administration.”
“An ultimately more important question is not how the leaflets develop in themselves, but how the themes are reflected in North Korean television and print media that ordinary North Korean people can see,” Christopher Green, a Ph.D. candidate at the University of Leiden, told NK News.
But Moon is yet to be depicted in North Korean media in a way comparable to former President Lee, Green added.
“That type of treatment was on a different level,” he said. “Moon may yet be subjected to something similar, but for the time being the North Koreans seem to be leaving some avenues open.”
While many of the leaflets focus on Moon, there are also attacks on the U.S. President, who is described as a “miser” and a “war maniac.”
“First President who will die [attacked by] nuclear bomb at his land, the U.S. last President who will be annihilated,” the leaflet reads. “There is only total ruin for the dotard.”
Other leaflets praise North Korean leader Kim Jong Un, with one showing a soldier named Han Kyu Hak expressing his gratitude toward Kim on the occasion of his 70th birthday.
Another leaflet praises the country’s ruling Workers’ Party of Korea (WPK) and its Byungjin policy of joint development of the economy and nuclear weapons.
“There will be only victory and glory in the path ahead of Juche Chosun (Korea) which move forward raising the banner of the great Byungjin,” it reads.
The balloons may have been sent from the North Korean side of the border and burst at high altitude over Seoul, with leaflets subsequently falling across wide – and sometimes relatively inaccessible – parts of the city.
Leaflets attacking the Trump administration’s policy towards the DPRK and showing off Pyongyang’s military capabilities were also found in October.
Edited by Oliver Hotham
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