- Seoul resumes propaganda broadcasts
- Music, news, weather, criticism transmitted 20km into the North
- Pyongyang deploys troops near border
- International community calls for restraint
South Korea has resumed propaganda broadcasts via loudspeaker over the border into North Korea.
It is in response to Pyongyang’s claim to have detonated a hydrogen bomb.
Seoul agreed to stop transmitting over the border last year, as part of a deal to resolve escalating tension on the border.
But the broadcasts restarted at noon local time on Friday (0200 CET). Cho Tae-yong from the South Korean government said the North’s test claim was a “grave violation” of the deal.
South Korea broadcasts K-pop across border to North as propaganda against nuclear tests: https://t.co/CT0xMqhqP5— The Associated Press (@AP) January 8, 2016
The 11 loudspeakers transmit Korean pop music, news and criticisms of Pyongyang.
Watch North Korea claim it built hydrogen bomb to avoid a U.S. invasion: https://t.co/yxPPIiaW2l.— Foreign Policy (@ForeignPolicy) January 7, 2016
North Korea claimed on Wednesday to have carried out an underground test detonation of an H-bomb.
A seismic shock was registered internationally and experts think some kind of nuclear explosion did take place.
But the opinion is that it was not big enough to come from a thermonuclear detonation, as Pyongyang claims.
What is Pyongyang’s response?
Observers expect North Korean officials to be angered by the decision.
The strategy has previously irritated Pyongyang, which has threatened to use force to stop it.
Troops have reportedly been deployed into the border region.
What are they saying?
The Latest: Britain asks S. Korea to refrain from broadcasts: SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — The latest on North Ko… https://t.co/Yx8GU0UdDz— Mail Online News 247 (@MailOnlineTweet) January 8, 2016
The UK has urged Seoul to show restraint, describing resuming the broadcasts as “rising to the bait.”
South Korea has resumed propaganda broadcasts across border with North https://t.co/8IDAPMN3Hu— Claire Phipps (@Claire_Phipps) January 8, 2016
Reports of the nuclear test on Wednesday angered both the US and China.
AP VIDEO: U.S. reconnaissance planes take off from Japan, a day after North Korea said it tested a hydrogen bomb: https://t.co/PmQ9tGwgbj— The Associated Press (@AP) January 7, 2016
Chinese citizens express fears after North Korea's nuclear weapon test https://t.co/s5jxkiCjNz— The Independent (@Independent) January 7, 2016
In New York, the UN Security Council has threatened fresh punitive measures against North Korea in response to Wednesday’s test.
CFR (@CFR_org) January 6, 2016
Guardian front page, Thursday 7 January 2016: North Korea’s ‘hydrogen bomb’ sends shockwaves through UN pic.twitter.com/NukukkOKo5— The Guardian (@guardian) January 6, 2016