Leaflets sent from defectors across the border from South Korea led to a tense diplomatic standoff between the two Koreas that climaxed with Pyongyang cutting a hotline to Seoul and blowing up a joint liaison office. Though President Moon Jae-in expressed hope relations could be salvaged, the South Korean General Staff insisted they would be prepared to respond to further provocation. A source based in China bordering Ryanggang Province told South Korea based Daily NK: “Recently, there have been almost daily meetings and lectures about traitors sending propaganda leaflets from South Korea.
“The speakers are going as far as mentioning specific names and making inflammatory statements about ‘punishing in the name of the people.’
“Rumours are spreading among the people about [the authorities] sending some kind of special forces contingent to South Korea.”
Lecturers of this ilk are not uncommon usually.
But the source said the tone of lectures had changed.
They explained: “In the past, the rhetoric adopted was ‘those who have left paradise on earth are all traitors, so they should be punished,’ but they are arguing that [actions by defectors] are harming the ‘greatest dignity’.
This is believed to refer to Supreme Leader Kim Jong-un.
The source added: “The crux of the message is that the [defectors] must be punished.”
The source told Daily NK that most North Koreans do not routinely speak ill of defectors.
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The source said the lecturers might prove to be counterproductive: “People want to see the leaflets for themselves to find out what caused such a dramatic response from the government.”
Kim and Mr Moon had at summits, but after a breakdown in relations between Pyongyang and the United States, relations between the two Koreas also began to breakdown.
According to some reports, Donald Trump essentially wanted an “all or nothing” deal on North Korea’s nuclear weapons.
Kim, however, wanted a series of smaller agreements to build up trust.
He offered to close down a nuclear plant in return for the lifting of international sanction.
Trump is understood to have refused.
Korea was once one country.
After being annexed by the Japanese Empire in 1911, it was liberated into a Soviet and Chinese backed North and US-backed South.
The two Koreas fought a war in the 1950s, which ultimately ended in stalemate.