South Korean police raided on Thursday the workplace of an anti-North Korea activist group that stated it had launched balloons into the North final week carrying greenback payments and leaflets denouncing the federal government in Pyongyang.
Such releases, although banned by a current regulation, can provoke condemnation from the North, which final yr blew up a joint liaison workplace and threatened navy motion after it was angered by the propaganda leaflets.
Police stated they executed a search and seizure warrant on the Seoul workplace of Fighters for Free North Korea, a gaggle led by Park Sang-hak, who defected from the neighbouring nation in 2000.
“Seven law enforcement officials raided my workplace round 10:10 a.m.,” Park instructed Reuters.
Police and navy have been investigating the group’s declare that it launched 10 promoting balloons from border provinces carrying 500,000 leaflets, 500 booklets and 5,000 one-dollar payments.
“The investigation has been underway and we served a search and seizure warrant this morning,” a police officer stated by phone.
Seoul’s unification ministry, which handles relations with the North, stated it had seen media experiences of the search, however declined to remark throughout the investigation.
On Sunday, Kim Yo Jong, a senior North Korean authorities official and the sister of its chief Kim Jong Un, sharply criticised the South for failing to cease the launches.
“We regard the maneuvers dedicated by the human wastes within the South as a severe provocation towards our state and can look into corresponding motion,” state media quoted Kim as saying, with out elaborating.