South Korea Turns the Music Back Up Along Border with North Korea

When South Korea last blared propaganda and obnoxious music from 11 sets of loudspeakers along the border with North Korea, the North threatened to turn Seoul "into a sea of flame." So Seoul is cranking the music back up again.

Last March, it became pretty obvious that North Korea had sunk the South Korean warship Cheonan in disputed waters off the western coast. So the South decided its robust response would be to step up its psychological warfare strategy by playing loud K-Pop across the border. The North Korean military at the time said it would take the speakers out with missiles and warned Seoul that they "should bear in mind that the military retaliation of the DPRK is a merciless strike foreseeing even the turn of Seoul, the stronghold of the group of traitors, into a sea of flame." South Korean officials turned the music down.

But now, with Kim Jong-il finally introducing his son and heir apparent, Kim Jong-un, to the world, Seoul has decided to turn the music back up. According to the New York Times, along with the return of music, helium balloons are used to send AM radios and leaflets mocking Kim Jong-il over the border. Some form of threat from the North is probably forthcoming.

Until then, here's a video of North Korea's finest propaganda narrated in a very serious voice:

[NYT]

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