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N. Korea threatens military attacks over anti-Pyongyang leaflets
SEOUL, Oct. 19 (Yonhap) -- North Korea on Friday threatened to launch military attacks on a South Korean border area if the South allows anti-North activists to fly provocative leaflets over to the communist country next week.

   "The moment a minor movement for the scattering is captured in Imjim Pavillion and in its vicinity, merciless military strike by the Western Front will be put into practice without warning," the North's Korean Central News Agency (KCNA) quoted the Western Front Command of the (North) Korean People's Army as warning in an English-language dispatch.

  


Sending such leaflets is "an unpardonable challenge to the army and people of the DPRK and a deliberate act aimed to push the north-south ties to the lowest ebb," KCNA said, referring to a plan by a group of North Korean defectors living in South Korea to send anti-North campaign leaflets on Oct. 22 in Imjin Pavilion, just south of the western inter-Korean border. DPRK stands for the North's official name, the Democratic People's Republic of Korea.

   Anti-North activist groups here, often composed of North Korean defectors, regularly send balloons carrying anti-North leaflets along with tempting gifts such as dollar bills over the border to the North as part of their campaign against the dictatorship.

   The KCNA also warned that "South Korean inhabitants at Imjin Pavilion and its surrounding area are requested to evacuate in anticipation of possible damage," proclaiming the Imjin Pavilion in the border city of Paju, the location of frequent leaflet sending, to "become targets of direct firing from now."

   The North said it will not overlook such provocative actions, which it said amounts to "an undisguised psychological warfare."

   pbr@yna.co.kr
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