At South Korean museum, 'paper bombs' of the Cold War





In early April, when North Korea called President Lee Myung Bak of South Korea an "impostor," a "traitor" and an "American running dog," the barrage sounded all too familiar to Jin Yong Seon. Jin has a museum filled with such verbiage.

In his Remembrance Museum in this former mining town 140 kilometers, or about 90 miles, east of Seoul, Jin is exhibiting 700 samples of what he calls "paper bombs" - the leaflets North and South Korea fired at each other in the years spanning the 1950-53 Korean War and up to 2000, when reconciliation efforts prompted a cease-fire in the propaganda contest.

In one North Korean leaflet displayed at Jin's museum, a composite photograph shows a former South Korean president in a bedroom tryst with a coquettish actress over the caption: "Kim Young Sam the libertine." Another leaflet gives a cartoon rendition of Kim's predecessor, Roh Tae Woo, kneeling to take orders from his high-seated boss - James Lilley, the U.S. ambassador in Seoul.

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