South Korea activists suspend North leaflets launch
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Last Updated: Friday, March 11, 2011, 11:36
Seoul: South Korean activists said they have suspended plans for a weekend launch across the tense border into North Korea of leaflets criticising Kim Jong-Il's regime.

The North has threatened to open fire to disrupt such launches. The latest operation was planned for Saturday from Imjingak, a tourist area overlooking the communist state.

Park Sang-Hak, head of a defector group called Fighters for Free North Korea, said the launch had been suspended until after a funeral service has been held for the mother of one of the activists.

"It's just a temporary suspension and we will send leaflets once the funeral has been finalised," Park said, denying any pressure from the Seoul government to suspend the operation.

Park's group and other anti-Pyongyang activists had earlier announced plans to launch 200,000 leaflets plus DVDs and USB flash drives.

These were to contain news of the uprising in Libya -- a topic seen as especially sensitive in the North -- and other material critical of the regime.

Bureau Report

First Published: Friday, March 11, 2011, 11:36

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