Park said the flyers contained information on the opening of the new United Nations office on human rights in South Korea and a message condemning Kim Jong Un’s “politics of fear”, as mentioned by Voice of America.
Hyon was elected to the 12th Supreme People’s Assembly in 2009.
In what could be seen as a conciliatory tit-for-tat, South Korea sent home five rescued North Korean fishermen on humanitarian grounds on June 18. On May 13, South Korea’s National Intelligence Service reported to the National Assembly’s Intelligence Committee that Hyon had been secretly purged around April 30. A few experts say repeated bloody power shifts indicate the young leader is still struggling to establish himself.
South Korean officials said Kim Jong-un executed approximately 70 North Korean government officials since becoming the supreme leader of his country.
At the beginning of July, North Korea opened a new airport terminal that, unlike the previous terminal, had no enormous portraits of Kim Illinois Sung, the grandfather and North Korea’s founder.
On Monday, the North suggested an unspecified number of officials and family members would visit Panmunjom Tuesday to get all five handed over, the South’s unification ministry said.
Park told South Korea press that he has quietly resumed the balloon launches, but on Tuesday made his activities public, in protest of a Seoul request to keep a low profile on his anti-Pyongyang campaign.
The ministry repeated its demand for the quick release of Joo and other South Koreans detained in North Korea, including a pastor who has been held in the country since 2013 and two men who were sentenced to life in prison last month on charges of spying for the South. Pyongyang also asked Seoul to reveal the identities of the fishermen who want to abandon their country.
This story was first published on CNN.com, “Two rescued North Korean fisherman repatriated”.