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Pyongyang Warns Seoul of Military Response to Propaganda

RIA Novosti

14:32 23/10/2014

MOSCOW, October 23 (RIA Novosti) - Pyongyang warned Seoul on Thursday that military action would be taken over the cross-border propaganda leaflets spread by South Korean activists, the Yonhap news agency reported.

According to Yonhap, the North Korean Committee for the Peaceful Reunification of the Fatherland has issued a statement, sharply criticizing the South Korean authorities for not doing enough to block the spread of the leaflets.

On October 10, the two Koreas exchanged artillery fire after South Korean activists fired large balloons carrying 200,000 anti-Pyongyang leaflets over the border into North Korea.

North Korean authorities have repeatedly urged Seoul to stop such actions and have threatened to shell the area where the activists are carrying out their launches. Pyongyang has also threatened Seoul that it would put off the long-awaited high-level talks.

In mid-October, South and North Korea concluded their first high-level military talks in seven years, although no agreement was reached on a number of issues, including the latest violations of the disputed Northern Limit Line (NLL) – a demarcation line drawn in 1953 by the United Nations following the end of the Korean War.

The Korean Peninsula is formally in a state of war, as no peace treaty was ever signed after the Korean War of 1950-1953. Relations between North and South Korea worsened in 2010, when the South Korean Cheonan warship was sunk in the Yellow Sea. A South Korean investigation determined the vessel was hit by a North Korean torpedo.

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