Seoul Treads Softly in Resuming Cross-Border Propaganda

      June 10, 2010 07:28

      The military reinstalled loudspeakers for propaganda broadcasts across the demilitarized zone to North Korea at 11 locations by Wednesday, mostly in places where they cannot be seen from the North Korean side.

      A military source said the loudspeakers were installed chiefly at night in locations that cannot be clearly seen from North Korean guard posts given the North's threat to fire at them.

      "Some people are worried that it has become too difficult to resume the propaganda broadcasts at all," another source said. "But while we're definitely going to resume them, the programs will focus on content like music that will not upset the North too much."

      The Army has put AN-TPQ 36 and 37 artillery radars and K-9 self-propelled guns with a range of 40 km on emergency standby in case the North attacks the installations.

      In that case the military aims to strike the North Korean bases or artillery batteries that have fired at loudspeakers. Authorities plan to install loudspeakers in about another 20 locations.

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