S. Korea finds N. Korean propaganda leaflets in Han River

SEOUL, July 27 (UPI) — Propaganda leaflets sent downriver to South Korea warn of a North Korean attack on Seoul using ballistic missiles, a military spokesman said Wednesday.

Dozens of plastic bags, each containing leaflets of propaganda material, were found Friday in the Han River, near the South Korean capital of Seoul. The material threatened the city with attacks by intermediate-range Musudan missiles. It also promoted Armistice Agreement Day, July 27, which the propaganda falsely claimed celebrates North Korea’s “victory” over the South in the Korean War, a spokesman for South Korea’s Joint Chiefs of Staff said.

The South Korean military noted it was the first time propaganda was sent by river. The North Korean government has been known to attach leaflets to balloons, which it floats toward South Korea.

The Joint Chiefs said the military will reinforce monitoring procedures along the river, whose tributaries begin in North Korea. The distribution of leaflets comes after North Korea test-fired three ballistic missiles last week to protest South Korea’s decision to deploy a U.S. anti-missile system.

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