N.Korea Retaliates with Own Broadcasts at Border

  • By Jun Hyun-suk

    January 13, 2016 09:17

    North Korea on Tuesday started its own propaganda broadcasts across the border with South Korea blaring out messages criticizing South Korea. The move comes in retaliation for South Korean broadcasts restarted last week in response to the North's nuclear test.

    A senior Defense Ministry official here on Tuesday said North Korea started loudspeaker broadcasts at around a dozen locations along the front line.

    But the loudspeakers only have a range of 1 to 3 km, so the propaganda message is barely audible on the South Korean side of the demilitarized zone.

    An official at the Joint Chiefs of Staff said, "The broadcasts sound like someone muttering so we can only tell the gender of the announcer."

    Either the loudspeakers are outdated or the North does not have enough electricity to crank them up to full volume. "They seem to be chiefly aimed at drowning out the South Korean broadcasts so that North Koreans can't listen to them," the official said.

    The messages focus on praising and pledging loyalty to North Korean leader Kim Jong-un, lauding the North's purported hydrogen bomb test and criticizing President Park Geun-hye.

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