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Seungmock Oh was an NK News correspondent based in Seoul.
Pro-Pyongyang, potentially North Korean, leaflets calling for the unification of the Korean peninsula via economic cooperation have appeared in the South Korean capital, ahead of a high-level inter-Korean meeting on Tuesday.
The leaflet calls for the independent unification of the Korean peninsula, and reaffirms support for the 2000 June 15th North–South Joint Declaration between the two Koreas. Another hails North Korea’s nuclear program “completion.”
Both were found on a street in Gugi-dong, northern Seoul over the weekend.
The appearance of the flyers comes ahead of scheduled high-level talks at the Peace House in Panmunjom on Tuesday between the two Koreas.
The talks represent the first substantive inter-Korean dialogue since August 2015.
Other leaflets carrying anti-U.S. and anti-Moon messages were found in Gimpo city near the inter-Korean border over the weekend.
Jay Tak, a documentary producer, found several leaflets with anti-American messages in the city’s Eco Park over the weekend, he told NK News on Monday.
It was not clear whether they had been delivered by person or via balloon, he said.
“Let’s put the man who is crazy for a war and his agent into the tomb,” the leaflet says, referring to U.S. President Donald Trump and South Korean President Moon Jae-in.
The opposite side of the leaflet reads: “Beat Trump! No war! No Trump!”
On the leaflet’s corner, a name of an organization was given as “Citizens’ association for anti-war and anti-America.”
The leaflet satirizes President Moon, quoting him as saying: “I will defeat anyone who annoys Trump who is our state guest.”
Yet, the word, “annoys” was written in North Korean dialect, Tak pointed out.
“I saw such leaflets from the North in the hills when I was young,” said the 46-year-old producer. “It has been a long time since I’ve seen the North’s leaflets.”
Pro-North Korean leaflets frequently appear in South Korea’s capital, though whether or not they come from the DPRK remains an open question.
The remote locations they are often found in, however, could suggest that they have been sent by balloon.
November saw flyers appear in Seoul criticizing President Moon Jae-in and his warm relations with U.S. counterpart Trump.
A month early, violent leaflets calling President Trump “crazy” and depicting his violent execution appeared near Mount Bukhan.
“For a peaceful and war-free world and the future of mankind, let’s cut up Trump – who is a crazy dog – in several parts,” the leaflet read, with the words “grand national union of beheading Trump” at the bottom.
Edited by Oliver Hotham
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