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South Koreans Send Anti-Kim Leaflets to North With Balloons

Dec. 21 (Bloomberg) -- South Korean civic groups and North Korean defectors launched balloons carrying propaganda leaflets into the North today, two days after the totalitarian regime announced the death of its leader, Kim Jong Il.

The ten balloons were sent, carrying 200,000 leaflets criticizing North Korea for naming Kim Jong Un to succeed his father as leader, said Park Sang Hak, a leader of the Fighters For Free North Korea. His Seoul-based group and others released the balloons in two batches today in Imjingak, about 40 kilometers (25 miles) north of the South Korean capital, Park said by telephone.

The government in Pyongyang has previously characterized the leaflets drops as an attempt to topple its communist regime and said the provocations could ignite a war.

To contact the reporter on this story: Sangim Han in Seoul at sihan@bloomberg.net

To contact the editor responsible for this story: Brett Miller at Bmiller30@bloomberg.net

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