August 20, 2015 11:24
The North Korean Army has stepped up drills along the frontline after South Korea resumed a propaganda broadcast campaign along the demilitarized zone.
A military source on Wednesday said North Korean guard posts in the DMZ have frequently been observed opening up their rifle portholes.
"The North Korean military has practiced rolling out artillery cannons from bunkers to aim at South Korean posts and pushing them back into the bunkers," the source added. "We regard it as a mere show of force, given that there's no imminent sign of the North firing shots at the loudspeakers."
Antiaircraft guns near the DMZ are also reportedly practicing shooting at propaganda balloons floated across the border. The North Korean Army's searchlights are illuminating night skies to track the balloons.
"We're prepared for the possibility of the North Korean antiaircraft guns shooting at the balloons as it did late last year," the source said.
At a session of the National Assembly's budget committee, Defense Minister Han Min-koo said the North is conducting various kinds of drills after threatening to shoot at the South Korean loudspeakers.
Last Saturday, the North Korean Army's frontline command threatened to "take wholesale military action" unless the South removes the propaganda loudspeakers.
Seoul resumed the psychological warfare campaign after two soldiers were severely maimed by North Korean box mines planted along their patrol route in the DMZ.
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