July 02, 2022

Unification minister nominee calls anti-North Korea leafleting law ‘problematic’

Kwon Young-se suggests he may ‘drop’ leafleting policy, while saying Seoul must be ‘hawkish’ due to DPRK provocations

A controversial South Korean law that criminalized anti-North Korea leafleting is constitutionally “problematic,” the nominee to be Seoul’s next unification minister said Thursday, naming it among Moon administration policies that he may seek to “drop.”

Kwon Young-se did not specify whether he would pursue the repeal or nullification of the Development of Inter-Korean Relations Act, which stipulates a punishment of up to three years in jail and a fine of up to 30 million won for many forms of activism against North Korea.