Tensions are high between North Korea and South Korea. The latest issue was when North Korea tested what it claimed was a hydrogen bomb and threatened to destroy its neighbor to the south. Since then, each nation has staked its claim to its freedom and a right to self-defense. With all of that in mind, North Korea’s latest attempt to irritate the citizens of South Korea is quite a stinker.
In response to the supposed H-bomb test, South Korea began blaring K-pop on loudspeakers directed at its northern neighbor. This action enraged North Korean officials, with some claiming that this would lead to World War III. Soon after, both the United States and China attempted to calm down their respective allies and South Korea stopped its loudspeaker campaign. Unfortunately, tempers flared again in 2016. When North Korea announced that it was going to launch a long range rocket that would carry a satellite into orbit, South Korea resumed playing loud K-pop music at all hours of the day and night to irk Kim Jong-un.
Unwilling, at least for now, to use a nuclear bomb on South Korea, Kim Jong-un decided to use a simpler strategy against his sworn enemies. He instructed his military officials to attach bags of leaflets to helium balloons and float them across the DMZ. Each balloon carries a small timer that, when it goes off, pops the balloon and drops the propaganda on unsuspecting inhabitants in the south.
Unsurprisingly, the North Korean-produced timers frequently fail to pop the helium balloons. As a result, government officials in South Korea came across sealed bags which they feared contained biological weapons. After investigating the contents, their fears were allayed, although their noses were puckered. Among the materials found in the balloons were propaganda leaflets, the majority of which attacked the K-pop music barrage and the president of South Korea, Park Geun-hye. Also in the bundles were cigarette butts, human feces, and used toilet paper. War is clearly a filthy business in the Korean Peninsula.