Sonic war: How propaganda loudspeakers have amplified inter-Korean strife | NK News
June 23, 2024
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Sonic war: How propaganda loudspeakers have amplified inter-Korean strife

North and South Korea once traded artillery fire over loudspeakers, but they have also found ways to deescalate in past

Inter-Korean tensions have been growing daily in recent weeks as North and South Korea have clashed over cross-border balloon launches. In response to the DPRK’s latest trash balloon barrage over the weekend, Seoul conducted a propaganda loudspeaker broadcast for the first time in six years, and Kim Jong Un’s powerful sister Kim Yo Jong swiftly warned of an unspecified “new counteraction.”

The situation hasn’t improved in the days since, with South Korea’s military stating that North Korea appears to be reinstalling its own loudspeakers near the border, while belatedly revealing that DPRK soldiers “encroached” on the Military Demarcation Line on Sunday.

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