NORTH KOREAN DEFECTOR PLANS TO LAUNCH ‘THE INTERVIEW’ DVDs INTO NORTH KOREA

FoxNews on December 31, 2014, reported that a South Korean freedom fighter said that he will launch balloons carrying DVDs of Sony’s “The Interview” toward North Korea to try to break down a personality cult built around dictator Kim Jong Un. Excerpts below:

Park Sang-hak said he will start dropping 100,000 DVDs and USBs with the movie by balloon in North Korea as early as late January. Park, a North Korean defector, said he’s partnering with the U.S.-based non-profit Human Rights Foundation, which is financing the making of the DVDs and USB memory sticks of the movie with Korean subtitles.

Park said foundation officials plan to visit South Korea around Jan. 20 to hand over the DVDs and USBs, and that he and the officials will then try to float the first batch of the balloons if weather conditions allow.

“North Korea’s absolute leadership will crumble if the idolization of leader Kim breaks down,” Park said by telephone.

In October, North Korea opened fire at giant balloons carrying anti-Pyongyang propaganda leaflets floated across the border by South Korean anti-communists, trigging an exchange of gunfire with South Korean troops.

North Korea has long demanded that South Korea stop the activists, but Seoul refuses, citing freedom of speech.

Park said the ballooning will be done clandestinely, with the pace picking up in March 2015 when he expects the wind direction to become more favorable.

The Human Rights Foundation says on its website that it works with North Korean defectors to use hydrogen balloons to send material across the border, as well as smuggling items through China and broadcasting radio transmissions to reach those who own illegal short wave radios.

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