Korea to revoke permits of N Korean defectors

15-Jul-2020 Intellasia | AA | 6:02 AM Print This Post

South Korea on Tuesday said they could ban two North Korean defector groups in the country over their sending of anti-Pyongyang propaganda leaflets, local media reported.

The South Korean Unification Ministry filed a criminal complaint against two two North Korean defector-run groupsFighters for a Free North Korea and Kuensaem- and revoked their permits, according to Yonhap News Agency.

The move came after last month North Korea attacked and blew up the inter-Korean liaison office along the border in anger over leaflets sending across the border by the groups criticising leader Kim Jong-un, saying such leafleting violates a series of peace agreements between the two sides.

Last month, the ministry held a closed-door hearing to give the groups one last chance to explain themselves before going ahead with the revocation process.

Kuensaem officials attended the hearing, but Fighters for a Free North Korea did not send its representatives, according to the agency.

Fighters for a Free North Korea, run by North Korean defector Park Sang-hak, and Kuensaem, run his younger brother Park Jung-oh, are among the most active groups in sending leaflets that criticise leader Kim Jong-un and his family, according to the news agency.

Tensions on the peninsula have increased particularly due to Seoul’s failure to stop anti-Pyongyang propaganda leaflets from being sent across the border.



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