Seoul Warns It Will Ramp Up Cross-Border Propaganda

      April 29, 2016 10:59

      Seoul will step up its propaganda broadcasts at the border if North Korea conducts another nuclear test, it warned Thursday.

      "If the regime crosses the line with another nuclear test we'll step up measures that the regime finds uncomfortable" such as propaganda broadcasts, a senior official here said.

      The military wants to broadcast for longer and sharpen the messages. They were a regular feature at the border until an agreement in 2004, and Seoul resumed them last year after a box-mine attack in the demilitarized zone, suspended them again at North Korea's urging, and resumed them again after the North latest nuclear test.

      It hopes to expand personnel and budget for the psychological warfare unit, whose broadcasts have been somewhat inept so far.

      The military set up about 20 loudspeakers on the frontline right after the nuclear test in January.

      The Defense Ministry recently bought 40 more for W18 billion (US$1=W1,140). It plans to set them up in the frontline area the moment the North launches another provocation.

      "At the moment we can't disseminate propaganda leaflets due to opposition from the UN Command Military Armistice Commission, but that could change if the North conducts another nuclear test," a military officer said.

      "We'll make sure that North Koreans realize their regime has no future if it banks on nuclear arms," he added.

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