Wafted over North Korea: balloons toting bags containing radios and money.

Posted: 16 Feb 2010   Print   Send a link
"A group known as the Fighters for Free North Korea plans to launch a specially-equipped balloon over North Korean territory that will include a message from North Korean defectors and Americans regarding the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, which was written in 1948 because of the horrible things that happened during World War II. Suzanne Scholte, chairman of the North Korea Freedom Coalition (NKFC), says the balloon will carry those messages in special bags that will be released into the countryside. 'In that bag that's got the leaflets, we also have plastic radios that have AM, FM, and shortwave frequencies. We've tested these radios, and we're sending in radios, but also money that could be used in the market,' Scholte explains. 'And we know that this has been successful because every time there's a North Korean summit between the North and the South, the North Koreans always show up with handfuls of these leaflets, throw them down on the table and say, "Stop doing this!" And of course the South Korean government has to say, "We're not doing this!"' The NKFC chairman adds that the birthday balloon launch will be followed by several more, including one in April during North Korea Freedom Week." Chad Groening, OneNewsNow, 15 February 2010.