Days after Seoul resumed blasting K-pop and derisive messages about Kim Jong-un’s wife across the DMZ in response to North Korea’s latest nuclear test, Pyongyang escalated the propaganda war by raining leaflets on South Korea that compared President Park Geun-hye to a zombie and threatened to “obliterate” the Kim regime’s enemies.South Korean police retrieved as many as 50,000 propaganda leaflets on Tuesday that were scattered across the Dobong district in northern Seoul, according to the Yonhap news agency. Another 2,000 leaflets were reportedly found in the South Korean capital’s western Mapo district. Some reports said the North Korean military used balloons to launch as many as 1 million leaflets across the border, with most of the materials landing in South Korea’s northern Gyeonggi province.Images of the leaflets posted online showed a variety of blustery messages, many of which focused on the South Korean propaganda broadcasts. “Let us beat to death Park Geun-hye’s gang of dogs for resuming propaganda broadcasts and deteriorating North-South relations!” one leaflet said.
Another proclaimed: “Stop the idiocy of provoking the North and endangering your own safety!Psychological warfare against the North is lighting the fuse of war,” said one message translated by the BBC. “Stop the loudspeaker broadcasts immediately!”On January 8, two days after North Korea tested a nuclear weapon that it claims was a hydrogen bomb, South Korea began using banks of high-powered speakers to blare a mix of K-pop hits and anti-Kim regime commentary across the DMZ, the heavily fortified border that has divided the two countries since the end of the Korean War in 1953.The messages, which can carry up to 15 miles, proclaimed that the nuclear test is making North Korea more “isolated and turning it into the land of death,” and slammed the North Korean leader’s taste for luxury goods. “Clothes for Kim Jong-un and Ri Sol-ju cost tens of thousands dollars each and her purse is worth thousands of dollars too,” a male announcer said, referencing Kim’s wife.