New Weapon: North Korea’s Kim Jong-un sends Loo “used” rolls to rival South Korea
NORTH Korea leader Kim Jong-un has ordered a new weapon be unleashed against his bitter rivals in the south – used toilet paper.
Balloons packed with used loo roll, tissues and cigarette butts have been sent sailing into South Korea in a fresh wave of propaganda.
Local paper the JoongAng Daily said South Korean authorities feared an imminent biochemical attack as the plethora of balloons sailed over the heavily fortified demilitarised zone.
However, experts who scrambled to the scene quickly discovered the balloons were full of toilet paper with human excrement, discarded cigarette ends and tissue paper.
The move sparks a further cooling off in the already fragile relationship between the two countries.
South Korea resumed launches of balloons carrying propaganda into the North in the days after Pyongyang carried out its fourth underground nuclear test on January 6.
Officials in Seoul have also agreed to resume broadcasts of pop music which will be blared out on giant speakers aimed at North Korea.
North and South Korea are separated by the most heavily armed border in the world, and both have threatened each other with war in the past.
Talks between the two countries last year showed signs of tensions beginning to thaw after both sides reached a peace deal.
Under the deal, the South had agreed to stop broadcasting anti-Pyongyang messages from loudspeakers near the border.
But the recent nuclear test – which saw North Korea’s leader Kim Jong-un celebrating the launch of an H—bomb – has renewed tensions and brought the two countries to the verge of war.
South Korea has warned the United States and its allies that it is working on further sanctions to inflict “bone-numbing pain” on the north after its nuclear foray.
The test is in direct contravention of the United Nations Security Council resolutions with China under increasing pressure to do its part to rein in its isolated neighbour.
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