Activists send balloons, dollar bills over North Korea
Balloons filled with money, radios, DVDs and anti-North Korea propaganda are launched from South Korea on Friday.
April 29th, 2011
10:32 AM ET

Activists send balloons, dollar bills over North Korea

Activists from South Korea on Friday launched balloons carrying leaflets, radios, DVDs and a thousand U.S. dollar bills into North Korea.

About 50 activists, mostly defectors from the North, launched 10 of the balloons from Imjingak, north of Seoul, the South's Yonhap news agency reported.

It was the first launch of the propaganda balloons since the North last week threatened to respond with artillery fire against the launch location, according to the Yonhap report.

The group last sent balloons over North Korea on April 15, the birthday of the North's late leader, Kim Il-sung, Yonhap reported. Those leaflets highlighted democracy movements in the Middle East and North Africa, a message designed to inspire a similar movement in North Korea

Friday's propaganda launch comes a day after President Carter returned from a visit to North Korea with word that its leader, Kim Jong Il, would hold a summit with his South Korean counterpart at any time.

South Korean President Lee Myung-bak is declining any official contact with the North until Pyonyang accepts responsibility for the sinking of the warship Cheonan in March 2010, which left 46 sailors dead, and the November shelling of a South Korean island in which two troops and two civilians died.

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  1. meee

    Send something of value like the euro

    April 29, 2011 at 10:47 am | Report abuse |
  2. Balloon Boy

    That's a really great idea, sending balloons like that. Now if only they had a guidance system so that they don't land in the middle of nowhere...

    April 29, 2011 at 12:41 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Cesar

    Good gesture, but the North Korean leadership must GO! East/West Germany is a great example of peace. When can North and South Korea, with such beauty in geography, people, and culture have peace like the two Germanys?

    April 29, 2011 at 1:14 pm | Report abuse |
    • Cesar

      Sorry folks,I didn't post the above. I have nothing against North Korea and I have no notion about the living standards there,except for what the right-wing news media says they are. I already said that back in 1945,Russia should have occupied all of Korea then and today we would have a united Korea.

      April 29, 2011 at 1:44 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Riff*Raff

    The balloons can be labeled as propoganda but Fox News et al can't? Too inflammatory? Maybe the Dems should drop some balloons @ Tea Parties. I wonder $1 will buy you in North Korea.

    April 29, 2011 at 1:27 pm | Report abuse |
  5. SK activist

    I pay you one dollah. You kill Kim Jong Il. OK? I give you numba one DVD and nice American radio. OK? It work for Arabs. It work for you too. OK?

    April 29, 2011 at 2:03 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Joey

    @ SK activist:
    Without my agreeing or disagreeing with your point, that's good writing.

    April 29, 2011 at 6:51 pm | Report abuse |
    • Canadian Genius

      I think if we all just ignore him, he'll get off CNN and go back to sifting through the p0rn sites where he belongs.

      April 30, 2011 at 12:34 am | Report abuse |
  7. Jazzzzz

    Good point Joey he he he. You are a hoot.

    April 30, 2011 at 12:30 pm | Report abuse |