Ryan Mauro
May 25, 2010

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Joongang Ilbo English language edition is reporting that South Korea will resume loudspeaker broadcasts across the Demilitarized Zone to the people of North Korea.

Back to its belligerent self, North Korea yesterday threatened to shoot down South Korean loudspeakers that broadcast propaganda north of the border. That was in response to the South Korean declaration that it would resume its “psychological operations” against North Korea in response to the North’s torpedo attack on the South Korean warship Cheonan.

According to the Korean Central News Agency in Pyongyang, an unidentified military commander said the North’s forces will fire “direct sighting shots to destroy” any South Korean equipment installed to deliver anti-North Korean messages.

“If the group of traitors challenges the just reaction of [North Korea], this will be followed by stronger physical strikes to eliminate the root cause of the provocations,” the commander said, adding that the North Korean soldiers are angered simply by the sight of the South Korean loudspeakers.

Analysis. South Korea is ratcheting up the pressure on the North. Don’t worry. The North does the same thing. I have pictures of the loudspeakers on the northern side of the DMZ. This will not set well with the North. They have threatened to shoot at the speakers and they probably will. The South will shoot back and the war is on. Not good.

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