26 Dec '14, 2pm

South Korea says it can't ban leaflet launches into North Korea #northkorea

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SEOUL (AFP) - South Korea said on Monday it would re-examine the issue of activists floating anti-Pyongyang leaflets into North Korea after an exchange of fire on the border, but stressed it could not simply ban the practice. North Korea has long condemned the launch of large bundles of leaflets attached to giant helium balloons as a provocation, and last Friday it attempted to shoot some down with large-calibre machine guns. A number of rounds fell over the border, prompting South Korea to return fire, in a rare exchange over the heavily militarised land frontier. The police have been deployed in the past to prevent launches at times of heightened cross-border tensions. The South's Unification Ministry said it had "no legal grounds" to ban the balloon launches outright, but said it had urged the activist groups to exercise self-restraint. It also suggested that launches c...

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