September 14, 2011 10:37
The South Korean military has mobile leaflet production equipment and a mobile broadcast production and relay vehicle for psychological warfare against North Korea, it emerged Tuesday.
According to data submitted to Future Hope Alliance lawmaker Song Young-sun of the National Assembly Defense Committee by a psy-ops corps, the military has five-ton vehicles capable of producing and disseminating leaflets on the battlefield.
The military can produce up to 80,000 leaflets a day or 60 per minute with the vehicles, which have a satellite receiver and sender. It also has hot-air balloons that can carry leaflets into North Korean skies.
The military also has a mobile broadcast vehicle capable of producing and transmitting broadcast programs to the North.
It also operates six relay stations that can communicate with the satellite Mugunghwa 5 near the demilitarized zone to transmit broadcasts produced by psy-ops headquarters to the North. Four large loudspeakers are installed at outposts in the DMZ.
After the North sank the Navy corvette Cheonan in March last year, the military resumed broadcasting the "Voice of Freedom" propaganda programs that had been suspended in 2004.
It also resumed floating propaganda leaflets across the border last November for the first time since 2000, in the wake of the North's shelling of Yeonpyeong Island.
"We keep a database of some 1,300 leaflets and about 470 materials for broadcast programs in preparation for wartime psy-ops against the North," a military spokesman said. "U.S. personnel of the Combined Forces Command are participating in producing leaflets, and the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff and the CFC commander review and approve them."
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