How anti-North Korea leafleting reflects conflicting visions of public diplomacy
Both South Korean government and rights groups use public diplomacy on North Korea, but differ radically on how to do so
In recent years, the South Korean government and networks of North Korean defectors and human rights activities have engaged in a vicious political and legal struggle over the launching of leaflet-carrying balloons into the DPRK.
This struggle developed out of Pyongyang’s demolition of the Inter-Korean Liaison Office in Kaesong in June 2020, which it orchestrated in protest of the launches, and culminated in the South Korean legislature’s passage of a law that outlined punishments for flying objects into the North.
Most recently, this law resulted in the Jan. 2022 indictment of a prominent defector activist
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