SEOUL (AFP): South Korean activists on Monday postponed plans to send thousands of copies of the Hollywood movie “The Interview” to North Korea, following criticism from Seoul and dire warnings of military reprisals from Pyongyang. The activists had previously announced they would use giant balloons to launch 500,000 anti-North leaflets and 10,000 DVDs of the comedy - about a fictional CIA plot to assassinate North Korean leader Kim Jong-Un - across the border on or around March 26.

 The date marks the anniversary of the 2010 sinking of a South Korean naval corvette, the Cheonan, that Seoul blamed on a North Korean submarine.  North Korea has labelled “The Interview” a “wanton act of terror”. It was accused by the FBI of being behind a devastating cyber attack last November on the studio behind the Seth Rogen movie, Sony Pictures. On Sunday the North Korean military said it would respond to the activists’ operation by shooting down any balloons using “all the firepower strike means” of frontline border units.