South Korea prohibits the distribution of flyers, cash and valuables on the closely guarded border with North Korea. Propaganda messages and items have been despatched to the remoted neighboring nation from the south for many years.
North Korean defectors and different human rights activists, amongst different issues, use balloons and bottles to ship their anti-North Korean messages throughout the river to North Korea. In addition they ship meals, medicines, radios and cash.
These actions are more and more condemned by Pyongyang. The sister of North Korean chief Kim Jong-un even threatened final summer time that the connection between the 2 Koreas would hit all-time low if there weren’t a ban.
Not a lot later, regardless of the criticism of this assertion, a invoice was drafted in South Korea to make the ban attainable. President Moon Jae-in is dedicated to bettering ties with North Korea. His celebration has a big majority in parliament, the place the invoice has now been handed.
Critics declare South Korea is performing below Pyongyang’s stress. Nonetheless, the South Korean authorities converse of “minimal efforts to guard the lives and security of residents in border areas”, as a result of there are fears of army retaliation.
The ban will apply inside three months. Violators threat three years in jail or a fantastic of roughly 225 euros.