Korean peninsula

North Korean propaganda leaflets found at South's presidential complex

Both sides regularly use balloons to carry leaflets across the demilitarised zone

PUBLISHED : Monday, 16 October, 2017, 7:12pm
UPDATED : Monday, 16 October, 2017, 7:12pm

North Korean propaganda has been found at the South’s presidential compound, officials said on Monday, with the discovery of leaflets praising Pyongyang, which once sent commandos to attack the complex.

Authorities in the nuclear-armed North and activists in the South regularly use balloons to carry leaflets across the demilitarised zone that has divided the peninsula since the end of the Korean war.

Seoul is only 35 miles from the DMZ, within artillery range, and the leaflets are sometimes found lying on the ground in the capital – although not normally at the presidential Blue House.

Dear Trump, North Korea tortured me but please don't attack it

“Great leader Kim Jong-un firmly declared to tame the mentally deranged US dotard with fire,” one of the leaflets read, according to the Yonhap news agency.

The leaflets were a reference to Kim’s declaration last month regarding US President Donald Trump amid high tensions over Pyongyang’s weapons ambitions.

Another expressed pity for Seoul for relying on US defence assistance, and claimed Washington was afraid of Pyongyang, Yonhap said.

“Occasionally, the propaganda leaflets are flown this way by the wind and it’s not clear if there is anything particular about this one,” a presidential spokesman said.

“The leaflets have been gathered by the security team and submitted to the investigative agency.”

North Korean elements penetrated close to the Blue House in 1968, when a unit of 31 commandos infiltrated Seoul in a failed attempt to assassinate then leader Park Chung-hee.

Bullet holes from a gun battle are still visible in a tree on a hillside above the complex.