SINGAPORE — There’s a blaring sound coming from the demilitarised border between North and South Korea, and it’s not from fire the two sides are exchanging. It’s coming from 11 giant speakers.
South Korea has been playing propaganda messages over the loudspeakers, which North Korea’s state-run news agency is calling “anti-Pyongyang psychological warfare.” The North has now threatened war if the speakers aren’t shut off by Saturday.
It’s the first time since 2004 that South Korea has used the speakers to blast messages like these across the demilitarized zone (DMZ). Though North Korea has its own speakers on its side of the border, the technology behind the South’s is far superior, and their sounds are easily heard.
Those messages promote the life in South Korea, with references to soap operas and stories about North Korean defectors being welcome in the South.
The loudspeakers are also blasting Kpop, and it’s a sound that’s not totally unfamiliar along the border… see more