N.Korean Army Uses Smoke and Mirrors to Confound Watchers

  • By Jun Hyun-suk

    January 12, 2016 12:48

    /Yonhap

    The North Korean military increasingly releases disinformation via its communication network to avoid wiretapping by South Korea.

    A government source said on Monday that it is getting more difficult for intelligence authorities to get information because the North has been improving its tactics since the two sides exchanged fire across the border in August.

    "When the North fired shells across the demilitarized zone after the box mine attack earlier, the South could quickly respond to that, and it seems that made the North conclude that the South Korean military could monitor its solders' movements thorough wiretapping," the source said.

    Lawmaker Yoon Hu-duk of the Minjoo Party said in a parliamentary audit in September he was told by officers during a visit to a frontline Army unit that they had detected signs of North Korean preparations for provocation on the morning of Aug. 20, the day of the fire exchange.

    The military put soldiers on alert after catching the communication through wiretapping.

    Since then, the North Korean military often releases disinformation for the ears of South Korean eavesdroppers.

    In a radio communication with another unit, a frontline North Korean unit might repeatedly say it is moving to a certain area, but the South Korean military finds out later using its own reconnaissance equipment that the unit has not moved at all.

    But a military spokesman here claimed South Korea is rarely fooled and has been keeping close watch on the North Korean Army since its fourth nuclear test by obtaining information "in a variety of ways."

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