South Korea denounces North on Kim's birthday
13 February 2012, 17:06
Seoul - South Korean activists on Monday said they will launch leaflets
across the border denouncing North Korea and its ruling family to mark
the birthday of late leader Kim Jong-Il this week.
float balloons carrying 200 000 leaflets towards the isolated state on
Thursday when the North plans an elaborate celebration for its late
South Korean activists and North Korean defectors have
regularly sent anti-Pyongyang leaflets that have also carried news about
"We... will send letters for our North Korean
compatriots to mark the birthday of the national traitor who enslaved
the people through three generations," the Fighters for Free North Korea
group, which is led by a defector, said in a statement.
is using his father's birthday to force North Koreans to pledge loyalty
to him and to continue the family dictatorship," it said, referring to
the North's new leader.
of a heart attack in December aged 69 after ruling the impoverished but
nuclear-armed country for 17 years following the death of his father and
founding president, Kim Il-Sung, in 1994.
The North swiftly
proclaimed Kim's youngest son, Jong-Un, as the "great successor" and
appointed him as the chief military commander.
media said top party and military officials as well as workers and
troops have recently visited Kim's supposed birthplace to mark his
birthday and to publicly reaffirm loyalty to the Kim dynasty and
The North, which tightly controls news from outside, has
angrily responded to the balloon launches and threatened to fire across
the heavily-fortified border to stop them.
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