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Nerve Gases in North Korean Trash Balloons? South Korean Authorities Investigate

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The rumor suggesting that North Korea’s propaganda balloons scattered toward South Korea might contain nerve agents has been debunked as fake news. This clarification came about due to a communication error during the verification process.

A propaganda balloon from North Korea was found near the Jamsil Bridge in Seoul. (Photo provided by the Joint Chiefs of Staff) [Photo=Newsis]

On the morning of the 9th, a post on the Facebook page We Deliver Instead of the Army Training Center (Yuk-Dae Jeon) stated, “We have received a tip that the North Korea scattered propaganda balloons contain nerve agents and are in the process of verifying this.”

Yuk-Dae Jeon is a social media platform sharing military-related tips and posts. However, it was confirmed that this information was not accurate. The post has since been deleted.

A South Korean Joint Chiefs of Staff official acknowledged that their military mistakenly identified propaganda balloons scattered by North Korea during the initial detection process. The official noted that the term “nerve gases” was used inadvertently during communication among working-level staff, and this incorrect information was subsequently reported up the chain of command.

“We confirmed that it is all clear through a secondary additional detection. Considering the public’s anxiety, we deleted the post,” they added.

Previously, it was understood that North Korea had launched about 330 propaganda balloons from 11 p.m. on the 8th to 10 a.m. on the 9th. Of these, about 80 fell in our area, and a few fell into the East Sea.

So far, the discovered propaganda balloons have contained garbage similar to before, including paper, vinyl, and plastic. There were no flyers or any kind of human waste in the contents. The Joint Chiefs of Staff explained that there were no substances that could pose a threat to safety.

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