As international tensions rise over North Korea’s move to kick out UN weapons inspectors and restart work on its nuclear programme, activists in the South have been releasing balloons across the border urging people in the north to rise up against the regime.
Containing leaflets denouncing the North’s ‘Dear Leader’ Kim Jong il, the release came amid US condemnation over Pyongyang’s move to quit nuclear talks. White House Press Secretary Robert Gibbs said: ‘‘The six-party talks offer North Korea the best path towards that acceptance through dialogue. We call on North Korea to cease its provocative threats, to respect the will of the international community, and to honour its international commitments and obligations.’‘ Even though North Korea raised the stakes following its missile launch last week, Russia has said it opposes further sanctions on Pyongyang. American, Japan and South Korea claim the long-range rocket was a ballistic missile test — but the reclusive communist country denies the claim, saying it was a satellite.