The rival Koreas have resumed cross-border propaganda warfare as North Korea on Monday matched South Korea’s loudspeaker campaign with broadcasts of its own that reportedly included criticism of Seoul and praises for Pyongyang.
The mutual propaganda attacks mark a further deterioration of relations between the Koreas, who haven’t engaged in any serious talks in recent months.
Last week, South Korea blamed the North for land mine explosions that maimed two South Korean soldiers and resumed propaganda broadcasts for the first time in 11 years in retaliation. North Korea has denied the accusations and threatened to launch strikes on South Korean loudspeakers.
North Korea began its own loudspeaker broadcasts Monday on the eastern part of the border, according a South Korean Defense Ministry official who spoke on condition of anonymity because of department rules.
The official gave no further details. But South Korean public broadcaster KBS, citing an unidentified military official, reported that the North Korean broadcasts mainly included criticism of South Korea and praises for North Korea’s political system.