August 16, 2022

North Korea warns of “painful” consequences for South Korea as tensions mount

Head of DPRK's United Front Department dismisses ROK efforts to stop anti-regime leaflets being sent North as insincere

A top North Korean official on Friday warned that the country would soon take "painful" retaliation against South Korea, saying that its trust in Seoul to uphold inter-Korean agreements has been "shattered" by the government's failure to stop activists from sending anti-regime leaflets into its territory.

In a statement carried by the Korean Central News Agency (KCNA) ahead of Monday's 20th anniversary of the first inter-Korean summit, Pyongyang dismissed Seoul's efforts to stop NGOs from launching balloons and bottles carrying anti-DPRK literature as "lip-service."