One of VOM's ongoing projects to reach North Korea with the gospel, in cooperation with our sister mission in Seoul, South Korea, is the launch of "Scripture Balloons," which float across the border and drop gospel leaflets and whole New Testaments into North Korea.
North Korea's state media (KCNA) released a statement condemning us by name ("Voice of Martyr") for our accurate and "tricky" balloon launches into North Korea this year. They even noted the dates of our launches and the locations where our Bibles landed, which we of course already knew because of our use of GPS technology. KCNA references our use of "e-media," noting that we send the Bible in both printed and electronic forms.
The KCNA report follows.
[Translation note: When NK uses the term "Riff-raffs" they are typically referring to North Korean defectors--in this case, our Underground University and Underground Technology students who are proud members of our organization and balloon launch ministry.]
Pyongyang, August 14 (KCNA) -- The south Korean puppet forces have reached an extreme phase in their leaflet-scattering operations against the DPRK.
Riff-raffs affiliated to the Voice of Martyr, a puppet die-hard conservative organization in south Korea, scattered by use of balloons anti-DPRK leaflets over areas in the DPRK from the area of Hapsu-ri in Jung-myon of Ryonchon County, Kyonggi Province on July 24.
Similar operations were conducted by other south Korean die-hard conservative bodies in the area of Aegibong, Jogang-ri, Wolgot-myon in Kimpho City, Kyonggi Province on July 27 and in the area of Rodongdangsa, Jung-ri, Cholwon County of south Korean Kangwon Province on July 31.
Entering August, the puppet forces have got zealous in scattering anti-DPRK leaflets and various kinds of undesirable e-media as evidenced by their scattering operations on August 5, 6 and 7. They conducted 3 to 5 operations in June and 9 operations in July.
They are getting trickier in fixing time and locations for their scattering operations against the DPRK.
In view of this critical situation, the frontline combined units of the Korean People's Army released an open statement on August 14.
What is more serious is that the die-hard conservative bodies have conducted anti-DPRK leaflet-scattering operations with the tacit connivance of the south Korean regime and military, the statement said, and went on:
The south Korean puppet joint chiefs of staff named the anti-DPRK leaflet scattering operations of the non-governmental reactionary organizations "balloon operations", gave an "order" to all frontline guard units and artillery units to "tighten vigilance against the north" and "get ready to open fire."
The operations for massively scattering anti-DPRK leaflets and undesirable e-media that have spilt over to the whole area along the military demarcation line are an open declaration of a war against the DPRK.
If one side mobilizes forces while conducting a psychological warfare against its opponent, that just leads to a total war.
Now that such large-scale joint military drills as Ulji Freedom Guardian are close at hand, the Park Geun Hye group has launched such a large-scale psychological warfare as leaflet-scattering operations. This clearly proves that the north-south relations have been plunged into the state of a war, in actuality.
The puppet forces should not forget even a moment that the whole of south Korea might turn into a sea of fire due to the foolhardy leaflet scattering operations.
There is a limit to the patience of the frontline soldiers of the KPA.
Please pray for North Koreans to come to know Christ, and for the safety of our workers and partners helping to deliver these vital gospel resources. You can read the original VOM-Korea blog post here.