Jan. 5 (UPI) — A former North Korean diplomat in Seoul urged President Moon Jae-in to scrap a controversial regulation banning the launch of anti-Pyongyang leaflets on the border.
Thae Yong-ho, a lawmaker with the South’s foremost opposition Folks Energy Social gathering, mentioned in a letter made public on Tuesday the invoice, which handed at Seoul’s Nationwide Meeting in December, obstructs the eyes and ears of the North Korean individuals, Yonhap reported.
Moon ought to take actions to withdraw the invoice, Thae mentioned.
Thae, a high-profile defector who was elected to workplace final 12 months, has been vital of the ruling Kim household in Pyongyang and his political rivals within the South’s ruling Democratic Social gathering.
The lawmaker has mentioned Seoul’s pro-engagement politicians had capitulated to Kim Jong Un’s sister Kim Yo Jong, who had known as defectors who launch leaflets “human scum.”
In his letter printed Tuesday, Thae mentioned the balloon launches from the South have been working and North Korean society was altering.
“The South Korean cultural content material [media] smuggled into North Korea for the previous 10 years have unfold extensively amongst North Korean residents and troops, weakening their hostility [toward the South], drawing admiration, and sparking speedy change,” Thae mentioned. The lawmaker additionally mentioned the ban on balloons that contained films on flash drives negates the “cultural energy” that might notice peaceable unification on the Korean Peninsula.
Thae additionally mentioned the regulation that was handed after Kim Yo Jong’s assertion might result in “new threats” and blackmail from North Korea, South Korean information community MBN reported. The South might be perceived as be being “dragged round” by the North from the perspective of the incoming U.S. administration of President-elect Joe Biden, the South Korean lawmaker mentioned.
Different South Korean public figures have voiced comparable issues in regards to the anti-leaflet regulation.
Final week former United Nations Secretary-Basic Ban Ki-moon known as on Seoul to “rectify” the leaflet ban, in accordance with Yonhap.
“Human rights aren’t an inside affair however a common worth of humankind,” Ban mentioned.