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(23 Jun 2010) SHOTLIST
1. Various of propaganda leaflet balloons ready to be sent to North Korea by anti-North Korean activists
2. Tilt-up of activists holding a balloon
3. Balloons being released
4. Activists applauding
5. Wide of balloons in sky
6. SOUNDBITE: (Korean) Tsutomu Nishioka, South Korean activist:
"The Japanese government's basic stance is holding dialogue and putting pressure (on North Korea). It it trying to let North Korea enter dialogue by pressuring them. This is Japan's policy, and we, the civil activists, are supporting it. Since South Korea decided to take the same road of pressuring North Korea, we are also welcoming this."
7. Pan of activists preparing leaflet balloons
8. Various of leaflets with a photo of young man assumed to be Kim Jong-un, third son of North Korea leader Kim Jong Il
9. Activist preparing balloons to be sent to North Korea
10. Wide of balloons
11. SOUNDBITE: (Korean) Lee Min-bok, North Korean defector and member of North Korean Christian Coalition activist group:
"North Korea is the only country without radio and Internet. We are here to inform North Korean citizens, who look up to their leader as if he is God and believe the world is in a worse situation while they themselves are starving, of freedom of speech and the new world."
12. Various of activists chanting
STORYLINE
South Korean and Japanese activists flew hundreds of thousands of leaflets toward the border with North Korea on Wednesday to condemn the country's government amid tensions over the deadly sinking of a South Korean warship.
South Koreans critical of North Korea and some North Korean defectors living in the South regularly float leaflets across the heavily armed frontier via balloon in a campaign to urge North Koreans to rise up against leader Kim Jong Il's authoritarian regime.
The leaflets sent on Wednesday, also by balloon, criticised North Korea's late founding father Kim Il Sung for starting the Korean War and blamed the current regime led by his son Kim Jong Il for a botched currency reform and the downing of the ship - which killed 46 sailors.
The sending of the leaflets comes amid North Korea's threats to launch an all-out strike against any South Korean government propaganda facilities at the border such as loudspeakers.
The groups originally planned to send 100 balloons carrying a total of six (m) million leaflets, but less-than-ideal wind conditions at the launch site near the border reduced the total to nine balloons and 540-thousand leaflets, organisers said.
It was unclear whether the balloons would actually reach North Korea. They plan to send the rest later this week.
Also among groups participating was the National Association for the Rescue of Japanese Kidnapped by North Korea, a group supporting the families of Japanese abducted by Pyongyang's agents in the 1970s and '80s.
The leaflets contained a message to the abductees and contact information for organisations in Japan and China working to assist them.
North Korea has admitted to kidnapping 13 Japanese citizens, and has allowed five to return home, saying the other eight died.
Tokyo has demanded proof of the deaths and a probe into other suspected kidnapping cases.
Besides the five who returned to Japan, the government has identified 12 other citizens it says were abducted.
The two Koreas ended decades of propaganda campaigns against each other in 2004 as relations improved following a 2000 summit.
However, South Korea resumed propaganda radio broadcasts as part of steps to punish the North for allegedly sinking the warship with a torpedo in March.
South Korea has asked the UN Security Council to punish the North over the sinking.


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