S.Korea to Blast News of Kim Jong-nam Killing Across Border

  • By Jeong Woo-sang

    February 16, 2017 13:49

    The South Korean military will blast news of Monday's assassination of North Korean leader Kim Jong-un's half-brother across the border via the giant sound systems it has set up in the demilitarized zone.

    "The military is going to send broadcasts to North Korean people and soldiers near the military demarcation line to inform them of Kim Jong-nam's assassination," a military source said Wednesday.

    The source said, "North Koreans will be quite shocked if they find out that Kim Jong-nam was murdered with poison, because they know that he was the eldest descendant" of nation founder Kim Il-sung.

    North Koreans are indoctrinated from birth in reverence for the "Baekdu bloodline," after the mythical birthplace of Kim Il-sung, who was actually born in Siberia.

    A soldier draws down a cover from loudspeakers at an Army unit in Gyeonggi Province on Jan. 8, 2016 (file photo). /Newsis

    The broadcasts could start as early as Thursday. There are 10 older and 24 newer fixed sound systems blasting propaganda across the demilitarized zone, as well as 16 mobile ones. 

    The new ones are so powerful that broadcasts can be transmitted for 10 km or more if there are no obstacles, but their main aim is to undermine the morale of border guards.

    North Koreans near the border with South Korea have even less access to outside information than their brethren closer to China.

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