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Tae-il Shim is a pseudonym for a North Korean defector writer. He left the DPRK in 2018, and now resides in South Korea.
Annyeonghaseyo! Welcome back, fellow Ask a North Korean-ers, to the NK News feature where you can email in your questions about real life in North Korea and have them answered by our very own defector writers.
We have a timely little piece for you this week. As you may know, inter-Korean tensions have been on the rise recently, apparently due to balloons carrying anti-DPRK leaflets launched northward by activist groups in the South (North Korea is planning its own imminent leaflet launch in response).