South Korean police mentioned Tuesday that they’ve summoned two activists accused of elevating tensions with North Korea by sending propaganda balloons or plastic bottles stuffed with rice throughout the border.
Park Sang-hak, a North Korean refugee who has floated anti-Pyongyang leaflets by balloon throughout the land border, and his brother Park Jung-oh, who has floated plastic bottles stuffed with rice throughout the ocean boundary, had been being questioned on the Seoul Metropolitan Police Company, an company officer with direct information of the circumstances mentioned.
The officer spoke on situation of anonymity as a result of he was not licensed to launch the data to the media.
Police raided the places of work of the Park brothers final week and confiscated leaflets, account books, cell phone knowledge, pc information and different supplies associated to their actions.
The officer mentioned additional investigation was wanted earlier than figuring out whether or not the brothers must be charged with against the law.
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North Korea raised Park Sang-hak’s yearslong propaganda marketing campaign and South Korea’s failure to stop it earlier this month earlier than it blew up an empty liaison workplace on the North’s territory and threatened different provocative steps.
South Korean officers later requested police examine the Parks and different activists for elevating tensions and doubtlessly endangering residents dwelling close to the border.
Authorities in a single province that borders North Korea have additionally accused a number of activist teams, together with these of the Parks, of fraud, embezzlement and different expenses over their donation actions.
The strikes in opposition to the activists have invited criticism that President Moon Jae-in’s liberal authorities is sacrificing democratic ideas to attempt to restore deteriorating ties with North Korea.
After his workplace was raided Friday, Park Sang-hak advised reporters that he would hold sending leaflets towards North Korea to tell individuals there about their authoritarian authorities. He additionally accused the South Korean authorities of “gagging its individuals and destroying freedom of speech after succumbing” to North Korea.
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Tensions eased barely final week when North Korea introduced it will postpone deliberate steps to nullify reconciliation offers it beforehand reached with South Korea.
Some consultants say North Korea has been deliberately elevating tensions as a part of a method to wrest exterior concessions at at time when it’s dealing with worsening financial troubles brought on by U.S.-led sanctions and the coronavirus pandemic.
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