February 01, 2023

Seoul urges activists to stop anti-North Korea leafleting to ‘protect citizens’

Unification ministry says it seeks to avoid ‘unnecessary danger’ ahead of series of human rights events

South Korea’s unification ministry has urged human rights groups to “refrain from” sending anti-regime leaflets to North Korea, while warning Pyongyang that Seoul will respond “strongly” to threats of “retaliation” against ROK citizens.

The statement on Friday comes as a U.S. nongovernmental organization prepares to host an annual series of events on DPRK human rights called North Korea Freedom Week, which a prominent defector-activist has used as an occasion to launch balloons carrying leaflets in the past.