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North Korea threatens South over propaganda balloons

An anti-North Korea activist (front) and North Korean defectors, who are now legal South Korean citizens, prepare to release balloons containing leaflets and CDs denouncing Pyongyang, towards North Korea, near the demilitarized zone separating the two Koreas at Imjingak pavillion in Paju, north of Seoul in this February 16, 2012 file photo. North Korea issued its most strident warning in months on October 19, 2012 when it threatened to open fire on South Korean territory if anti-Pyongyang leaflets were sent over from South Korean territory. It said that if leaflets were dropped on Monday a "merciless military strike by the Western Front will be put into practice without warning", according to the North's official KCNA news agency. A coalition of non-government and anti-North Korean groups said it would go ahead with plans to drop anti-North Korea leaflets next Monday as part of their campaign against Pyongyang. REUTERS/Lee Jae-Won/Files

An anti-North Korea activist (front) and North Korean defectors, who are now legal South Korean citizens, prepare to release balloons containing leaflets and CDs denouncing Pyongyang, towards North Korea, near the demilitarized zone separating the...more

An anti-North Korea activist (front) and North Korean defectors, who are now legal South Korean citizens, prepare to release balloons containing leaflets and CDs denouncing Pyongyang, towards North Korea, near the demilitarized zone separating the two Koreas at Imjingak pavillion in Paju, north of Seoul in this February 16, 2012 file photo. North Korea issued its most strident warning in months on October 19, 2012 when it threatened to open fire on South Korean territory if anti-Pyongyang leaflets were sent over from South Korean territory. It said that if leaflets were dropped on Monday a "merciless military strike by the Western Front will be put into practice without warning", according to the North's official KCNA news agency. A coalition of non-government and anti-North Korean groups said it would go ahead with plans to drop anti-North Korea leaflets next Monday as part of their campaign against Pyongyang. REUTERS/Lee Jae-Won/Files
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Anti-North Korea activists and North Korean defectors, who are now legal South Korean citizens, release balloons containing leaflets and CDs denouncing Pyongyang, towards North Korea, near the demilitarized zone separating the two Koreas at Imjingak pavillion in Paju, north of Seoul in this April 15, 2012 file photo. The placard (front) reads,"Let's end dictatorship of Kim Jong-Un with flames of democratization in the North". A balloon (2nd R) reads,"North Korea is a hell of people on earth". North Korea issued its most strident warning in months on October 19, 2012 when it threatened to open fire on South Korean territory if anti-Pyongyang leaflets were sent over from South Korean territory. It said that if leaflets were dropped on Monday a "merciless military strike by the Western Front will be put into practice without warning", according to the North's official KCNA news agency. A coalition of non-government and anti-North Korean groups said it would go ahead with plans to drop anti-North Korea leaflets next Monday as part of their campaign against Pyongyang. REUTERS/Lee Jae-Won/Files

Anti-North Korea activists and North Korean defectors, who are now legal South Korean citizens, release balloons containing leaflets and CDs denouncing Pyongyang, towards North Korea, near the demilitarized zone separating the two Koreas at Imjingak...more

Anti-North Korea activists and North Korean defectors, who are now legal South Korean citizens, release balloons containing leaflets and CDs denouncing Pyongyang, towards North Korea, near the demilitarized zone separating the two Koreas at Imjingak pavillion in Paju, north of Seoul in this April 15, 2012 file photo. The placard (front) reads,"Let's end dictatorship of Kim Jong-Un with flames of democratization in the North". A balloon (2nd R) reads,"North Korea is a hell of people on earth". North Korea issued its most strident warning in months on October 19, 2012 when it threatened to open fire on South Korean territory if anti-Pyongyang leaflets were sent over from South Korean territory. It said that if leaflets were dropped on Monday a "merciless military strike by the Western Front will be put into practice without warning", according to the North's official KCNA news agency. A coalition of non-government and anti-North Korean groups said it would go ahead with plans to drop anti-North Korea leaflets next Monday as part of their campaign against Pyongyang. REUTERS/Lee Jae-Won/Files
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Anti-North Korea leaflets are seen in a balloon before anti-North Korea activists and North Korean defectors, who are now legal South Korean citizens, release balloons containing leaflets and CDs denouncing Pyongyang, towards North Korea, near the demilitarized zone separating the two Koreas at Imjingak pavillion in Paju, north of Seoul in this April 15, 2012 file photo. North Korea issued its most strident warning in months on October 19, 2012 when it threatened to open fire on South Korean territory if anti-Pyongyang leaflets were sent over from South Korean territory. It said that if leaflets were dropped on Monday a "merciless military strike by the Western Front will be put into practice without warning", according to the North's official KCNA news agency. A coalition of non-government and anti-North Korean groups said it would go ahead with plans to drop anti-North Korea leaflets next Monday as part of their campaign against Pyongyang. REUTERS/Lee Jae-Won/Files

Anti-North Korea leaflets are seen in a balloon before anti-North Korea activists and North Korean defectors, who are now legal South Korean citizens, release balloons containing leaflets and CDs denouncing Pyongyang, towards North Korea, near the...more

Anti-North Korea leaflets are seen in a balloon before anti-North Korea activists and North Korean defectors, who are now legal South Korean citizens, release balloons containing leaflets and CDs denouncing Pyongyang, towards North Korea, near the demilitarized zone separating the two Koreas at Imjingak pavillion in Paju, north of Seoul in this April 15, 2012 file photo. North Korea issued its most strident warning in months on October 19, 2012 when it threatened to open fire on South Korean territory if anti-Pyongyang leaflets were sent over from South Korean territory. It said that if leaflets were dropped on Monday a "merciless military strike by the Western Front will be put into practice without warning", according to the North's official KCNA news agency. A coalition of non-government and anti-North Korean groups said it would go ahead with plans to drop anti-North Korea leaflets next Monday as part of their campaign against Pyongyang. REUTERS/Lee Jae-Won/Files
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