S Korea resumes anti-North propaganda broadcasts
Jan 8, Seoul: South Korea retaliated for North Korea's nuclear test with broadcasts of anti-Pyongyang propaganda across the rival's tense border on Friday, believed to be the birthday of North Korean leader Kim Jong Un.
Friday's moves came as the international community struggled to find common ground on how best to penalise North Korea following its announcement two days ago that it had successfully tested its first hydrogen bomb, media reports said.
The loudspeaker broadcasts began at noon local time (03:00 GMT) and an official said the military heightened the level of alert around the locations where the propaganda was being broadcast.
South Korea's Yonhap news agency reported that frontline troops, near 11 sites where propaganda loudspeakers started blaring messages were on highest alert.
Seoul had deployed missiles, artillery and other weapons systems near the border to swiftly deal with any possible North Korean provocation. South
Korea's Defense Ministry couldn't confirm the reports. South Korean military banned foreign media from the border ahead of the broadcasts, Yonhap news agency said.
The resumption of the cross-border broadcasts, which include a mix of everything from K-pop and weather forecasts to snippets of news and critiques of the North Korean regime, revives psychological warfare tactics that date back to the 1950-53 Korean War.
Their use during a flare-up in cross-border tensions last year angered North Korea, which, at one point, threatened artillery strikes against the loudspeaker units unless they were switched off.
North Korea's test prompted the UN Security Council to discuss possible sanctions as world leaders sought to build a consensus on an appropriate response.
The Oslo Times