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North Korean defectors send balloons with leaflets, cash, K-pop

Jun 6

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The battle of the balloons continues. Under the cover of darkness, North Korean defectors sent more balloons from South to North during the morning of Thursday, June 6.

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The balloons included packages containing USB drives with K-Pop music, 200,000 leaflets critical of Kim Jong Un’s regime and American $1 bills, which are worth 900 North Korean Won each. It is a response to North Korea sending 1,000 balloons over the course of several days filled with trash and excrement.

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The Pentagon said it does not plan to get involved with the balloon dispute.

“Does the U.S. have any plans to reciprocate and send American poop across the 38th parallel?” Jeff Schogol, a reporter for Task & Purpose, asked.

“Thanks Jeff. We do not,” Deputy Pentagon Press Secretary Sabrina Singh said.

The U.S. did, however, make a show of advanced fire power. The military dropped GPS-guided bunker busters from long-range B1-B bombers. South Korean fighter jets escorted the bombers. It is the first joint exercise of its kind in seven years.

However, as if advanced weaponry was not enough to dissuade North Korea from sending more bags of poop, the threat of loud music appears to be. South Korea said if the North does not stop, it will resume playing music and anti-North messaging through loudspeakers in the demilitarized zone. 

South Korea’s Yonhap news agency reported North Korea threatened to send “one hundred times the quantity of toilet paper and filth” if the activists resumed their balloon activities. 

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[RAY BOGAN]

The battle of the balloons continues. Under the cover of darkness, North Korean defectors sent more balloons from south to north Thursday morning. 

They included packages containing USB drives with K-Pop music, 200,000 leaflets critical of Kim Jong Un’s regime, and American $1 bills which are worth 900 North Korean Won each. It’s a response to North Korea sending 1,000 balloons over the course of several days filled with trash and excrement.

The Pentagon said it does not plan to get involved with the balloon dispute. 

[JEFF SCHOGOL]

“Does the US have any plans to reciprocate and send American poop across the 38th parallel?”

[SABRINA SINGH]

“Thanks Jeff. We do not.”

[RAY BOGAN]

The US did however make a show of advanced fire power – GPS guided bunker busters dropped from long range B1-B bombers. The bombers were escorted by South Korean fighter jets. It’s the first joint exercise of its kind in seven years. 

But as if advanced weaponry wasn’t enough to dissuade North Korea from sending more bags of poop, the threat of loud music appears to be. South Korea said if the North doesn’t stop, it will resume playing music and anti-North messaging through loudspeakers in the demilitarized zone. 

South Korea’s Yonhap news agency reported North Korea did threaten to send quote “one hundred times the quantity of toilet paper and filth” unquote, if the activists resumed their balloon activities. 

So now we will wait and see what North Korea decides to do do. 

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