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Pyongyang - Loudspeaker War: North Korea Retaliates Against South With Propaganda Broadcastings

Published on: August 17, 2015 09:28 AM
By: Reuters 
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FILE - North Korean soldiers (background) look towards South Korea as South Korean soldiers stand guard at the Military Demarcation Line in the Demilitarized Zone (DMZ) in the border village Panmunjom, South Korea, 27 July 2015.  EPAFILE - North Korean soldiers (background) look towards South Korea as South Korean soldiers stand guard at the Military Demarcation Line in the Demilitarized Zone (DMZ) in the border village Panmunjom, South Korea, 27 July 2015.  EPA

Pyongyang - North Korea on Monday resumed a campaign of loudspeakers blasting propaganda across its border with South Korea, days after the South took a similar step in response to a landmine explosion in the Demilitarised Zone (DMZ).

Tension between Pyongyang and Seoul is rising as U.S. and South Korean forces on Monday began annual joint military exercises that the North regularly protests.

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On Aug. 4, two South Korean soldiers were wounded by a landmine in the heavily-fortified demilitarized zone, which Seoul said was planted by the North. The North denies involvement.

A week later, the South began using loudspeakers to broadcast anti-Pyongyang rhetoric across the western and central parts of the border, resorting to a practice suspended by both sides since 2004.

“We understand that the North Korean military has resumed anti-South Korean propaganda broadcasts via loudspeakers at some eastern parts of our border,” a South Korean defense ministry official said.

South Korea plans to expand its own broadcasts, the official said, without giving details, citing the secretive nature of psychological warfare.

On Saturday, North Korea demanded that the South halt the broadcasts, or face military action for what it called a “declaration of war”.

The DMZ is a 4-km- (2.5-mile-) wide buffer fortified with landmines and barbed wire stretching across the Korean peninsula. It has divided the two Koreas since the end of the 1950-53 Korean War.



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 Aug 17, 2015 at 11:40 AM Normal Says:

Like children.

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 Aug 17, 2015 at 11:27 AM Anonymous Says:

Kim Jung is nuts but he is a real leader. You don't mess with him America should learn from him. Democracy is dangerous.

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 Aug 17, 2015 at 01:11 PM Anonymous Says:

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Anonymous Says:

Kim Jung is nuts but he is a real leader. You don't mess with him America should learn from him. Democracy is dangerous.

I sure hope you are being facetious.

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 Aug 17, 2015 at 01:48 PM albroker Says:

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Anonymous Says:

Kim Jung is nuts but he is a real leader. You don't mess with him America should learn from him. Democracy is dangerous.

Kim is less dangerous than Obama.

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 Aug 17, 2015 at 09:17 PM The Commish Says:

Gog U'Mogog!

North Korea is Gog. South Korea is Mogog. I realized this when I heard them speak "at" each other:

"Gog gog mogog mog gog mogog mog mogog gog........."

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