Trash talk? Border tensions soar as North Korea deploys more garbage balloons.

North Korea resumed launches of balloons likely carrying trash toward South Korea on June 24, South Korea’s military said, in the latest round of a Cold War-style campaign on the Korean Peninsula.

The launches came days after North Korean leader Kim Jong Un and Russian President Vladimir Putin signed a major defense deal that observers worry could embolden Kim to direct more provocations at South Korea.

A statement from South Korea’s Joint Chiefs of Staff said the North Korean balloons were moving southeast. Earlier on June 24 it noted that northerly or northwesterly winds, favorable for the balloon launches, were forecast.

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