South Korea to resume loudspeaker broadcasts over North Korea border in balloon row | BBC News

South Korea to resume loudspeaker broadcasts over North Korea border in balloon row | BBC News



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South Korea has announced it plans to restart propaganda broadcasts over the North Korea border – for the first time in six years – in response to Pyongyang sending rubbish-filled balloons across the border.

Over 300 North Korean balloons were detected over Saturday and Sunday with around 80 landing in the South carrying scrap paper and plastic sheets, after sending several hundred the previous month.

Following the latest batch of balloons, South Korea’s National Security Council said broadcasts on the border would resume on Sunday after agreeing to restart the loudspeakers for the first time since 2018.

In recent years, the broadcasts have included news from both Koreas and abroad as well as information on democracy and life in South Korea, and the South Korean military claims the broadcasts can be heard as much as 10km (6.2 miles) across the border in the day and up to 24km (15 miles) at night.

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