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North Korea will start broadcasting its own propaganda at the DMZ in the hopes of drowning out the South Korean broadcasts there, South Korea’s Kyunghyang Sinmun reported Monday.
The South Korean Ministry of Defense announced the resumption of propaganda broadcasting toward the DPRK at the beginning of last week in response to the DMZ mine incident, resulting in serious injuries of two ROK soldiers. As of Monday the DPRK was broadcasting its own propaganda at the South, for the first time in 11 years, near the East Sea to drown the South’s broadcasts out.
On Saturday, a report carried by KCNA included a warning from the Front Command of the Korean People’s Army (KPA): “(South Korea’s) resumption of the above-said broadcasting in the areas along the front is a wanton violation of the military agreement between the (N)orth and the (S)outh, a grave military provocation against the DPRK and a serious case of pushing the inter-Korean relations to the worst phase.”
The actions were preceded by a KCNA report stating that if these broadcasts are not terminated immediately, the North will take it as a provocation of war.
“They (the South Korean government) should take such measures as immediately stopping the resumed broadcasting for ‘anti-(N)orth psychological warfare’ and dismantling all stationary or mobile psychological means which have been installed or in the process of setting up,” the KPA were quoted as saying.
A South Korean military official told South Korean media that these announcements are hard to hear in South Korea because the speakers in DPRK are old and rusted.
“The DPRK’s broadcasts against the South deal with slander of the South Korean government as well as promoting the North Korean regime,” the official said in comments carried by Kyunghyang Sinmun. “The radio broadcasts in the North are mainly to make sure that North Korean citizens and soldiers do not hear what the South is broadcasting.”
“Even though the North Korean speakers are old, we can still hear what (the North Korean loudspeakers) are saying. If they start broadcasting nonsense, then we turn on our own loudspeakers to drown out the North Korean propaganda so that our soldiers do not have to listen to the North Korean broadcasts. This is one of the defense mechanisms to drown out each others’ broadcasts,” a military official involved in this issue told NK News.
A previous NK News report revealed the South Korean radio broadcasts centered around the everyday lives of its citizens.