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Stop propaganda or come under fire, Pyongyang warns Seoul

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By Sarah Taylor  with Reuters
Stop propaganda or come under fire, Pyongyang warns Seoul

<p>Time is running out for South Korea. The state’s northern neighbour has given Seoul until Saturday (August 22) at <a href="http://www.euronews.com/travel/3051819-n-korea-turns-back-its-clocks-to-pyongyang-time/">5pm local time</a> – or 10.30am <span class="caps">CET</span> – to halt anti Pyongyang propaganda, or face military action.</p> <p><blockquote class="twitter-tweet tw-align-center" lang="en"><p lang="en" dir="ltr">Inter-Korean clash has a deadline—Saturday 5 p.m. That's Pyongyang time, in case it's unclear. <a href="http://t.co/chpWIC3div">http://t.co/chpWIC3div</a> <a href="http://t.co/StmGUVgJwh">pic.twitter.com/StmGUVgJwh</a></p>— Jonathan Cheng (@JChengWSJ) <a href="https://twitter.com/JChengWSJ/status/634636319419793408">August 21, 2015</a></blockquote> <script async src="//platform.twitter.com/widgets.js" charset="utf-8"></script></p> <p>South Korea’s broadcasts have restarted after an 11-year hiatus. It switched back on loudspeakers located on its side of the Demilitarised Zone – known as the <span class="caps">DMZ</span> – which separates the two states.</p> <p>North Korean leader Kim Jong-un put his troops on a war footing on Friday evening local time (August 21).</p> <p>The Kaesong Industrial Park has had access restricted, with only skeleton staff on duty. Jointly-operated by both North and South Korea, the complex is seen as an indicator of inter-state relations.</p> <p>Jeong Joon-hee, spokesman for the South Korean Unification Ministry, described the situation as “very grave.”</p> <p>Tensions intensified on Thursday (August 20) when North Korea shelled its neighbour to protest against the broadcasts. South Korea fired back. No casualties were reported.</p> <p><blockquote class="twitter-tweet tw-align-center" lang="en"><p lang="en" dir="ltr">Tension rises as <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/Korea?src=hash">#Korea</a> response to North’s suspected projectile with tens of artillery rounds <a href="http://t.co/YZ4dpPYHT9">http://t.co/YZ4dpPYHT9</a> <a href="http://t.co/SgFWGyMKB5">pic.twitter.com/SgFWGyMKB5</a></p>— euronews (@euronews) <a href="https://twitter.com/euronews/status/634313943578767360">August 20, 2015</a></blockquote> <script async src="//platform.twitter.com/widgets.js" charset="utf-8"></script></p> <p>Seoul says the announcements will continue until Pyongyang accepts responsibility for recent landmine explosions along the <span class="caps">DMZ</span>, which wounded two of its soldiers. North Korea denies responsibility.</p>