Wednesday, North Korea defectors now living in South Korea again floated leaflets across the tense border into North Korea, calling for the ousting of leader Kim Jong-Il as the communist state marked its most important holiday.
Nine defectors shouted 'Down with dictator Kim Jong-Il!' as they released ten huge balloons carrying 100,000 flyers at Imjingak in South Korea, just south of the heavily fortified border with North Korea.
Their position is that North Korea’s recent rocket launch was aimed at blackmailing the international community into providing more aid and at prolonging Kim Jong-Il 's dictatorship. The balloon launch was timed to mark the anniversary of the birth of the North's founding president Kim Il-Sung, who died in 1994.
Yesterday, North Korea said it would boycott six-nation nuclear disarmament talks, and ordered UN inspectors to leave the country, vowing to restart its nuclear weapons program.
The North is also holding two US journalists for an alleged illegal border crossing and 'hostile acts,' and says it will put them on trial.